I need a new laptop now that I broke the ac port to my inspiron 600 and don't want to spend $100 to fix a crappy comp. So I need it for school pretty much, since I've been taking notes at UCSD lectures, and I think I'm going to sign up as a lecture note taker for a course. I want decent gaming features, but I won't be doing that much playing cuz of school. I want great multimedia features since I do spend a lot of time watching videos and playing audio. My budget is 900-1400. Pretty broad, but I'd prefer to spend < 1200, if I can. I've seen several deals on techbargains, but they're kinda old now. Just trying to camp a good one out. Anyone know of any good deals? So the most important features to me are in this order: Lightweight, perferably < 5.0 lbs. not including the block. Good Battery life, preferably > 3 hours w/o an addition. 14-15 inch screen. Don't want anything too small. 1.66 gb processor and up. 2.0 gb memory. (Is this easily upgraded on your own? I've seen a lot of cheap DDR ram, and the upgrade to 2.0 gb from a 1.0 gb is like $150 from most manufacturers, so should I save money by doing it myself?) Decent video card Decent Sound Card Vista not necessary 60gb or greater hard drive, don't need too much because I have an external. Preferably 7200 rpm, if it doesn't cost too much extra. I guess that's it. So far I've been looking at the Dell lattitude D630s and the Lenovo T61. Not sure the difference between T61 and T60. Those look like the best, and have received the editor's choice on CNET. Customized on their own, the dell comes out to 989 and the lenovo to 1139 with the normal site discounts. They only have 1 gb of ram. So... after my long wish list, here are the questions: 1. Is it suggested to forego the $1xx increase for the ram upgrade to 2.0 gb and just install one myself? If so, should I start at 1gb, and install another 1gb chip? 2. Are my specs reasonable? Is there anything I should change with what I want? (Eg. Faster processor speed) 3. Dell D630 or Lenovo 61? Any present owners that want to let me know the pros and cons of both, and which to choose from? 4. Reasonable alternatives? Anything around this price range and with these features that I should consider as well? 5. Where can I look for good deals? 6. Timing: Is this a good time to buy or should I wait until the end of summer so I can capitalize on the college student discounts? Sorry for the long post, and hopefully some of you got to the end. Thanks in advance for any help, and I hope I'm not violating any forum rules. Thanks!