Hey all, my first post here so hi! :up: I've been designing on and off for a few years now and want to try to make some money out of it now. I'm in a position financially to buy some new hardware in order to do this reasonably well. At the moment I do all of my work in the Adobe Creative Suite CS5 but my system is dying a long slow death... I've had my Toshiba Satellite A200-1VG for about 4 years now and although I initially got it to do a bit of webdesign and other admin bits and bobs and it has served me well up until recently, it isn't a good enough machine to do what I want it to do. It has 2GB RAM, 150 GB HDD, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and 1.50GHz in it with a 1280 x 800 display and amazingly enough an Intel 965 Express graphics card... awful I know, but it's done ok so far... until it began to slow down. SO, the time has come to buy a new laptop/desktop BUT I have a budget and don't want to spend more than I have to if I can help it. I don't really game on my PC so that's not important (though I may have the odd game of Age of Empires on it now and again), I do need a decent DVD drive for burning movies and backups as well as client files and images etc. Not worried about size, weight, speakers etc as it will be staying in my office. I know I need a dedicated graphics card and I know I want at least 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. I also want a large screen so have been looking at 17.3" models so far. I have been taken by the price and specs of the following laptops: Samsung R780 Samsung RC710 Acer Aspire 7741G Acer Aspire 7551G And I wondered if anyone had any feedback on them, or their specs at all to help me out. I am getting SO confused! Also, to add fuel to the fire, my Dad has offered to give me his old desktop, now it's a decent enough PC, but I know with that I can upgrade the memory and graphics etc and buy a 19" monitor for about Â£70, so would it be better and cheaper to do that instead of forking out Â£550+ for a decent desktop replacement laptop??? Soooooo confusing.... Would REALLY appreciate ANY input anyone could give me on this one... I need to decide soon, the money I have set aside for this project is going to disappear soon if I'm not careful lol!!! Thanks a million - once I've had some help and decided I'm sure I'll be back with more questions lol!