I have an old desktop computer from 2005 or older. The thing has a single core 2.8 ghz processor with only 2 gigs of ram and a 75 gb hard drive. Aside from this guy being pretty ancient, my other reason for needing a new computer is for school and research data, so I need some portability. Computers have developed quite a bit since I got my old desktop, so I was hoping some of the tech guys here could help me out in seeing whats good in 2011.
I could go the cheap route and get a cheap old laptop that'll do the very basics, but I think it's smarter to go ahead and invest some more money in a laptop that'll outperform my desktop at least, and provide good performance for the next couple of years. Namely, I'm thinking 2Ghz dual core, 3gb ram, and 150+ gb hard drive should suffice as a minimum for school, research, some photo and video editing, and the occasional game? The amount of gaming I'll do depends on how well the computer performs, but probably not much. Are there any other important specs/features I need to be mindful of in a laptop?
My current current desktop works at a fairly smooth pace with windows xp, but it quickly starts lagging with multitasking many tabs in web browsers and multiple running programs. It also has a horrible time with video, be it internet streaming or native avi files. Almost always choppy. I want a laptop that'll be swift and have no video slowdown whatsoever. So can you guys point me in the right direction?