Re: Computer savants...
you can get a refurbished, mid grade lap top that will more than do the job you're looking for, for about 1/2 the price of what you're budgeting for..
i got a nice desktop with a 90 day warranty for 350, its not top of the line, but its no slug either.. everyything but a monitor. got my laptop on there for about 300.
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