Hey, I am a student at the Art Institute of Colorado and I'm planning on buying a laptop. I was thinking that a laptop that could handle any games will be able to handle all my software packages such as 3D studio Max, Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator and such. I am also an avid gamer so I'd like for the laptop to be able to play the latest games with out a problem. I am also a home depot associate so I get 12% off of any Dell computer that I buy including the XPS systems. I believe i get 12% off Alienware too. If Dell's aren't so great I'm more than willing to buy a computer from anywhere as long as the price is comedative to Dell's (with the discount). I hear lots of companies do student discounts also. I'm not sure which computer I should go for. I don't understand the difference between some of their XPS systems and the Inspiron systems. I'm trying to keep my budget right around $1000 give or take. If someone could buy me a good dell computer on the website and post it here that would be great or just post the specs, or even find a pre-made one. I have expierence in building desktop computers as I've been building my own for a good 6-7 years now. If building a laptop is anything like that or cheaper I'd be willing to take the challenge and build one! Thanks in advance!