Well if that's all you plan to be doing on it, you could really get by pretty cheap. You'd still have a pretty dang fast computer, especially compared to your old one. I'd reccomend you check out Gateway. They make reliable computers. I bought a desktop from them about 5 years ago and back in November I bought my laptop from them. No problems with either. I even caused my thin and light notebook to take a 3.5 foot free fall directly on to concrete and the only damage is just some minor cosmetic stuff. The drive popped out, along with a bunch of covers on the back. Just had to pop it all back in... maybe it's designed to absorb the impact of a fall
. Anyway, gateway laptops are here: http://www.gateway.com/home/products...~shtml?clv=img
Notice there is a "Sales Chat" icon in the upper right corner of the page. You can IM with a salesman, which is nifty. But remember, you're IMing with a SALESMAN. They can be helpful, but you may want to come back here and ask our opinions on whatever laptop you come up with.
I strongly recomend upgrading to a high capacity battery and ultra-bright screen. They are both very cheap and verry effective upgrades.