Alright after talking to a bunch of people I've decided against buying a laptop for college for a number of reasons. Anyway, I'd like to build myself a nice desktop system - which will probably cost me less than a loaded (the only kind I like) laptop would cost me. Anyway here's what I got so far.

Note: Some pieces will be taken from my comptuer right now... because I have extra pieces which I can put in their place so that I can use my current system when i come home for vacation.

Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Delux
Processor: AMD 2500+ Barton Retail
RAM: 2 x 512mb Crosair pc3200 XMS cas2
HDD: 2x 80gig WD SE
CD: Lite On 52 x 24 x 52 CD-RW (black)
DVD: Pioneer 16x slot loading (black)
FDD: Sony (black)
Sound: onboard for the time being
Speakers: Logitech THX Z560 4.1
Case: Lan Li PC-61 USB (black)

Stuff I have that will be going in:
Video: Radeon 8500 Retail
PSU: Enermax 431watt
HS: Alpha PAL8045 w/ sunon HO fan

Alright total at new egg was under $1200 for all this which isn't too bad. This doesn't include the pioneer DVD drive (that i forgot to add to my list on this paper here) which should bump the total to about $1220 or less (including all shipping). I'm going to keep my radeon 8500 for a while... then maybe right before school starts... or even around christmas... I'll upgrade the video card. I'd also like to get myself a tv capture card (any recomendations would be nice). No fancy lighting... no nonsense... just a nice system. I'd like to overclock to whatever I can get stable on air, and I'm buying the ram because I feel it will last the longest (being outdated wise) compared to it's price. I'm not really too concerned about little bits of price because the rents are picking up the tab for this system (thank god). So I'm gonna make it nice. I'm going to be getting a 19" ViewSonic LCD that I saw at bestbuy today... around $800 which should be quite nice. I play some games once and a while (though I'm find playing stuff without the absoulute highest eye candy). I'm expecting this to be a media center of sorts... something that can entertain me and a roomate. Anything you guys think I should add or change would be recomended.

BTW: I do have the ram and proc speed for a reason... I do dabble in photo editing and the like... and I always have a million and a half things open. So I like everything to run smoothly.

Sorry For the Long post... your feedback would be much appreciated