I dont know much about recent hardware and whats good, whats not etc. So let me know. I ordered it custom built, here are the specs. A little history of how i use it also .. im on the computer nearly 15hrs daily. I work for a technology company that builds iphone apps and websites, so my job really involved looking at other peoples websites the entire day. I do the following all day long: websites, outlook, iTunes, AIM, yahoo messenger. I think thats about it, but i literally do every one of those the entire day long. I am in and out of them constanty. For browsing, id say i usually keep 2 windows open, and each has 3 or 4 tabs. When i get home from work i do a lot of the same, but i also play some WoW lol. So anyhow, here are my specs: I went with the Studio XPS 16 build, but i was a bit upset it puts off more heat than latitude or inspiron. But i did like the 16 inch High-Def screen. I upgraded to the new DDR3 memory chips, its supposedly 30% faster than the DDR2 chips? So im psyched about that. I also upgraded to the better of the "P" class processor. I didn't want to upgrade to the faster "T" series because even though the performance is better, it drains the battery faster. I stuck with the 6cell battery because they didnt have an option to upgrade! Only to buy a separate 9cell battery, i idnt need to have 2 batteries. Also it was a $90 to get the second battery! craziness lol. Then i downgraded to the smaller 320gig harddrive because it was 7200rpm, because the 500gig was only 5400rpm There was a $250 screen upgrade to a better screen, but i dont watch movies on my laptop so i didnt bother. After all was said and done i got it for like $1,300 with free shipping. Here are the custom specs: Quantity Item Description 1 Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (3MB cache/2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB) 1 Obsidian Black with Leather Accent 1 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms) 1 Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16.0 inch WLED LCD (1366x768) W/2.0 MP 1 ATI Mobility RADEON® HD 3670 - 512MB 1 320GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 1 Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit 1 8X DVD+/- RW(DVD/CD read/write) Slot Load Drive 1 High Definition Audio 2.0 1 Intel® 5300 WLAN Wireless-N (3x3) Mini Card 1 6-cell Battery 1 Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module (2.1+EDR) 1 Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16” WLED LCD (1366x768)in Black w/2MP Webcam 1 Intel® Centrino™ 2 1 Windows Vista™ Premium EDIT, i hope this is the right forum, etc ... i am new around these parts sory if its wrong.