thanks for the welcome Maziar!
sorry for the late reply though, I've been kinda busy lately.
anyways, i took your advice about the gpu and stuck with an acer aspire timelineX series, to be exact: the 3820TG modelhttp://www.cendirect.com/main_en/tech_specs_JO65876O.html
4 gb ram
however no dvd drive. but for 860 (including tax, 750 excluding)
Also, for others in the market for a timelineX, there's also the 4820TG, which is 14 inch, an i5, w/ a dvd drive for 800 on amazon.com- just search it up
I actually didn't know about the 4820TG until my 3820TG was shipping so I couldn't get one, although, the 3820TG is more portable, which is a plus for me as I will be travelling frequently to school with it, and most things are becoming digital.
We'll see what happens- 3820TG on Mon