Well I think it's time to buy a new laptop and am hopeless at choosing so here I go...
Hopefully with selling my old laptop I should get around £250-£300 and so my budget will be around the £500-600 mark. Obviously the cheaper the better but I can recognise a good deal if it's more expensive. I'm not too bothered about the hard drive, 250Gb+ is fine, I'd like to have 4Gb of RAM though as I want to get the most out of Windows 7. However, if this means hiking the price up I can stick with 2/3Gb and just upgrade it myself. As a result I'm not too bothered about the OS that comes with it as I have my own 7. And clearly with my budget a Mac is out of the question, though I can't say I'll cry over that. I don't know much about the AMD/Intel war but I guess some of you will so I'll leave it up to you to decide which is best.
Just general use like Word, Internet, Music, a few films. Hopefully I should be going to Uni doing a Comp Sci degree so obviously having a decent computer will be kind of necessary. As I don't know what programs will be used for this I can't really say how demanding they'll be. Only casual gaming use though like Football Manager and other low-end games, nothing too strenuous.
However, I would like a dedicated graphics card just so I have the security that I know it will run things, I don't want to get a year down the line and I'm in the same position as now. As I don't really understand graphics card at all ATI or Nvidia are all the same to me. (I got sucked in by PC World... very bad move!!!)
I'd preferably like a normal sized laptop (~15 inch) as I'd like to move around with it but there will be time it'll be stuck on a desk. Not to bulky or heavy but I know this is difficult for this type of laptop. An odd thing though is to have a nice keyboard to type on.
I don't really understand all the warranty stuff, terrible I know, but obviously I don't want to drop the thing and find I'm screwed.
A mainstream brand would be nice, but I want it well made and not to fall apart after 2 months. If something does go wrong then a good customer service would be nice, just in case.
I've been looking at the Dell Studio 15 which looks decent for the price, but I've had problems with Dell in the past and was wondering if there was anything else out there. If you think I should wait a while for all the new stuff to come out then that's fine. I know prices will inevitably fall once the new models are released, but then I don't know what is coming soon so... also, if you think my budget is a bit optimistic for what I'm asking just say so.
Cheers for any help, and just ask if you need any more info.