I would try out the ACER Aspire lines. I owned an Aspire 4520 for 2 years, it was under 600 dollars when i bought it, it was resilient as heck. The memory died on me but little things like that can be expected. I tore it to itty bitty pieces plenty of times and put it back together, still worked. I spilled soda on it, replaced the keyboard, it still worked. I played WOW with low graphics, it played it fine, a little choppy but it was fine. I could us fruity loops on it, i could use Gimp. I like the ACER lines. i think they will be relatively a good buy. If you want something that looks Business like get an ASUS N61JQ. It runs 999.99 dollars on amazon. Look at the reviews on Newegg. Over a hundred reviews, and the only problems were shipping issues.