I worked really hard at scrubbing, patching, mopping, and dusting to ensure that I received my deposit back in full plus interest from my old apartment. And I had a pretty great landlord who obliged (no nightmares this time). So, I am going to use some of that money for my purchase.
On top of basic needs like wireless internet, I'd like something that is light and thin. A processor that can handle photoshop and dreamweaver, iTunes, and my firefox browser with never ending tabs all at once. It needs to have a DVD player and a CD writer. It also needs to be large enough to hold my music and photo library. And lots of USB ports are a plus. I don't want to spend more than $699 (almost $1000 less than my old one for so much more).
This one from TigerDirect is a possibility. It's smaller, but not tiny so the screen is a decent size. It's got a good processor and a very large hard drive for the size. Also, it comes with both Windows XP and Windows Vista. So, I can choose which one I'd rather use. It meets my needs for even less money.
Quick specs: HP Compaq 6735s FM841UT Notebook PC
AMD Turion X2 RM-72 2.1GHz Processor
3GB DDR2 Memory
320GB Hard Drive
DVD player and Rewrite drive
15.4" WXGA screen
Windows XP Pro and Vista Business Operating Systems