I'm going with this for now to save money.

Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (3MB Cache, up to 3.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
8GB (2 X 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0
Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)

Is the 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight visually better than stock?

Will 8GB RAM be good enough until I get another PC?

Will the i5 be all I need, or should I go i7?


Feb 25, 2012
You should always upgrade the screen to the max resolution you can get. The reasoning behind this is that you can never upgrade it in the future if you wanted to. You can always upgrade things like the RAM and HDD later but your stuck with whatever screen you order.

You can get the i-7 as it will be a big performance increase but if you don't have the money then you don't have to.