Hi !

You don't have to spend $1,600. The Compaq Presario V2000Z is - I think - the best laptop fr you. Configure it whit the same configuration than th Sony and you'll see of much you'll save. Sony is too expensive for nothing. And the graphics controller is much and much better than the Intel Integrated chipset.

Only if you do A LOT of multitaksing, you should take the Core Duo, but this last isn't ready for the future because it doesn't have the x64 bits technology.

Make your choice Happy