Dont skimp on the cpu or ram. If it's a vista box, forget 1024 and go for 2 gigs of memory. Sitting idle mine uses almost a gig of ram. Core 2 duo is the way to go. Avoid centrino processors if you like to game. I noticed you want the better gpu so I figured you were a fellow gamer. If I were looking at a lappy as a portable desktop replacement, I'd look at the minimum req's for my fave game and add 25% or as much as your wallet can stand.