yesterday my old sony viao died. like wouldn't boot up died. i know it could probably be salvaged but it was a cheap machine and it lasted around 5 years so i thought id skip the trouble of trying to revive it and just go get a new one. before i left the house i decided i wasnt going to spend more than $400. i went to a few places and found this one: HP 15.6" TouchScreen Laptop Intel Core i3 6GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive Black 15-ac121dx - Best Buy of the stores i went to this one was the most powerful for the money. so far so good. im happy with it. it has a touch screen, which is not really necessary, but its nice for pausing movies in bed or whatever. i know i could get a better deal online...but from what ive seen the deals are really not that much better. im a cheap, store bought computer guy. thats what ive been for my past 3 computers now and it seems to be serving me well.