I'm looking to replace one of my laptops, a HP HDX16. I'm in need of a new machine that can handle running various resource heavy programs simultaneously. For example, I'm usually running Photoshop CS4, Windows Media Player, TweetDeck, FilaZilla, Microsoft Word and Google Chrome with around 4-5 tabs open at the exact same time. I edit a lot of photos, design logos and blog, so the machine needs to be able to keep up with me. The laptop I have now, which is packaged with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9900, an Nvidia GeForce 130M video card, 6 gigs of RAM, an 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, a Blu-Ray drive and a backlit keyboard, has held up great and has done a good job at handling the load, but after 4 years I think it's time to replace it with something a little more updated. Not to mention, the monitor recently crapped out on me, forcing me to use an external for now, and it tends to overheat quite often. I have a PC so the laptop won't be my only machine, but it will be used more then the PC for work, so it basically needs to be as powerful as a desktop.
My budget is around $2K. I would of course prefer to spend less but understand that good multi-tasking laptops don't come cheap.
Having a Blu-Ray drive isn't exactly important to me. I do like having a backlit keyboard and would like to keep that if possible. Having tons of board memory for saving files isn't a major concern since I tend to use external drives for the most part. A good graphics card would be a bonus since I do tend to play a few games every now and again. I wouldn't exactly call myself a heavy gamer though. I know nothing about CPU's, Motherboards or anything else that runs a computer.
If somebody could point me in the direction of some good laptops, I would greatly appreciate it.
Anything with a core i7, 6 gigs of ram and a GT540m if you want the cheap way.
What if I wanted the semi-expensive way? I'm not looking to break the bank, but I don't want to skimp out here either. I'm the type that would rather pay for more, even if I don't need it, just to avoid the possibility of not having enough.