Synner Girl....finally someone that responds to my "inquiry"
I have a big enough monster in the house...but she's a great Golden Retriever, so I think I'll keep her
My monster desktop, on the other hand is coming up on 3 yrs. old & I'll consider replacement when the PCI-E comes out. I only do research for a new system when I'm ready to buy, so all the new harware is a little overwhelming especially after the Bombay Martini I'm working on now.
I will only transport the Lap about every 2 months or so and it will stay at that location until back home, so the 17" issue is not as important as screen resoultion & clarity for CAD work.
Examples from threads I've read:
1) P3.0, P3.2, P3.4's w/ HT some run hot some say not.
2) AMD64 3400+ over PENT's. Gamers swear by AMD, Caddies seem to prefer PENT's. (Maybe because 64 is just coming out).
3) Microsoft is linked to Intel & ne 64bit OS's will work on PENT's & maybe not or not so well with AMD.
4) Looks like ATI is preferred over NvIdia, but I hate to give up all the solid driver updates & tweaks from users on guru3d.com.