I will be attending school in July and they offer a laptop program, with discounts on laptop with recommended configurations for the your major. I'm taking the BFA in computer animation and one of requirements says 512mb of dedicated graphics card (avoid ATI, intel, or Nvidia GForce series cards) The software we will be using will be Maya, motion builder, among others. I picked the midrange config from the hardware provider through the school. It shows the retail price and then the student price. Is this a good deal? And is the Quadro FX 2700M necessary? I would like to get save as much money as I can. Is there any other manufacturer other than dell and hp that have these configs?