Hey all, I know there are people on here who are much more knowledgable than I am when it comes to selecting a computer. I also know I am not buying a computer from you so you will most likely steer me in the correct direction. I live in Columbus, OH so we have nearly every major retailer and we also have a Microcenter too. I am not opposed to buying online, but I'd prefer to buy from a local company so if I were to have trouble, I could just drop it off or return it without too much stress. Here is what I currently have: I have an older Dell Dimension 4600 w/ Intel Pentium 4, 2.39 GHz, 256 MB of RAM running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 w/ Service Pack 2 and 40 GB Hard Drive. It is still okay for running what we do around the house which is wordprocessing, spreadsheets, surfing the Internet (tennistalk, justin.tv, email, etc.), storing photos, music, etc. I want to be able to burn CDs, DVDs, and do more than one thing at a time without the computer coming to a halt. It runs very slow at times. Last year, I was given as a gift a Sony Handycam DVC camcorder that I have shot many videos with and cannot complete a film project of my kids' soccer teams' highlights or my tennis or golf exploits (ha ha) because the computer just can't seem to process anything over two minutes or so long. I have an external Hard Drive that is 1TB so storage really isn't an issue. I'd like both a desktop and a laptop for under a $1000. The laptop just needs to do the basics as I'd just use it to do my schoolwork while my kids are at practice. I am a teacher and I might also do projects that I would then connect to a projectore for classroom work. Can you help? The Microcenter salesman tried to get me to buy the following this evening and I decided I better do more homework 1st. He wanted me to buy this desktop for $499 + a $99 two year extended warranty: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0326274 and this laptop for $399 + a $149 three year extended warranty: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0326279 Okay, tell me what you think. I didn't mind the extended warranties as they covered nearly everything and you could just drop the computers back off at Microcenter and labor, parts, everything was included. Thanks for the help.