Oh sage & Frugal Wooters.... which laptop is for me?
I am in need of a laptop this Christmas. It will be a gift for me from my folks which I am paying half of. I am trying to keep it at under $900, closer to $800. Even lower, of course, would be better. I used to be fairly computer literate (built my own PCs) but I am about 8 years out of touch & have no idea what is a good value (price vs performance) anymore. I am overwhelmed and unfamiliar looking at all that is available. My head is gunna pop if I continue. Here is what I need it for:
Photoshop CS5 (I like to take pictures & fuss with them in Photoshop. Oh the layers!)
Movies (I watch movies on my laptop quite frequently)
Games (minecraft, glitch, and skyrim is intriguing me)
I tend to do a lot of batch file processing.
Heavy, multi-tab browser
I would like a decent amount of RAM, but if there is room to expand, I am willing to save money on this.
Needs to be somewhat portable... was thinking a 15 inch?