That's what i love about these forums. someone asks some pretty involved questions and everyone jumps in to help. you guys are great
I don't know that much about AW notebooks but on the warranty, why not get the 3 year warranty? i know its kinda expensive but look at it this way, that will get u thru almost all of college. it would be nice knowing that after spending all that money if anything happened u would be covered thru your junior year, u know?