Well my 7 year old laptop decided to die... which is a good and bad thing seeing how I wanted a new one, but I wanted to wait for the next round of chips to come out... oh wait that's on June 4th (luckily I found this out before I bought an i7, though I might still get one if I can get it cheaper) Here is what I am looking for, and maybe you might be able to help. Remember I don’t mind waiting another few weeks to buy if I can save some money, or get a better computer. Price: $700-1200 usd range What I want to do with it: · Run the robot printer and my current 3d printer (if I ever get her working) · Run Solidworks or AutoCAD for some 3d designs. I’m not sure which I want to use yet, but can get an education version of each through my mentoring/coaching of a F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team (if you have some time in the first part of the year and want to help some young fellow nerds look into volunteering www.usfirst.org ), and while running it not bog it down too much. · The normal surf the web, watch movies, and the other things we do normally on a computer. Some features I think I might need (I guess the area I want opinions on): · Dedicated graphics · A full keyboard with numeric key pad · Would like a 15” screen so I do keep a bit of portability · At least 8gb RAM, would like it to be upgradeable to 32gb, but can live with upgradeable to 16gb · Somewhat decent speakers · Quad core (if supports 32gb RAM) or Dual core · I7 or what I am guessing will be an i9 when it comes out, or AMD · A power brick that I can’t fry and egg on (my last HP laptop had one that kept your feet warm while sitting outside in Antarctica with just a pair of sandals on, don’t judge me on how poorly I pack for vacation) · Some USB 3.0 ports, and a HDMI, guessing it would be hard not to find these · Under 8lbs if it can be (not a deal breaker) · If it is running windows 8 I would like a touch screen (not a deal breaker, but why not have the novelty of it, as of right now Acer is the only one that seems to have something with touch and dedicated graphics, and I had 2 bad experiences with Acer a few years ago that left me not liking them, but I might try them out) · If it is a pricier computer, one of the sites that do financing would be great (like 12 months interest free so I can spread out the pain a bit more) Anything I missed that I might want to look for in my ramblings? Like I said before I’m kind of sort of waiting for the June 4th announcement from Intel on what their new chip will be and to see what some of the companies do with their older product’s prices. Thanks for reading through this (I am bored on lunch at work).