I'm looking for a laptop or desktop to download and watch movies on. I would like to keep the movies and have a well stocked library. I'm going to connect it to my plasma screen and have a semi-home theater. I'd also like to do routine school work. What is my best option for under $500 U.S. dollars?
That's currently $580 Austalian Dollars ... and from what I can see here in local ads and you can get a good quality notebook for a few dollars more ... round the $550 US Dollar mark for you I imagine.
The newer laptops with i3 and i5 Intel CPU's are quite expensive at present, but the older (and reasonably high end) Core2Duo Intel CPU's are now getting quite cheap.