I'm looking for a new (well, first ever) laptop for uni this year. I am an art student so will be using it mainly for graphics software, image editing, and the normal music listening etc. Power to run games well would also be a plus. So I guess it's mainly a multimedia laptop. I don't want to be spending any more that 400/450 pounds to be honest.
I have my eyes mainly on http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/126338
, and http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128979
The last one looks good, and it has XP rather than Vista, which is a plus for me (i'm sure many others would also agree), although I don't know much about the HP brand or the graphics card. The first also looks good, but I am worried about the lack of dual core, and whether it would really be an improvement over the HP one. Maybe another laptop would suit me more.
I've been advised towards Mac's, but would rather go with a Windows laptop to be honest.
Any advice is very much appreciated.