Sorry in advance for a long post ... I'm currently running a few-years old desktop, but plan on upgrading to a laptop in the next week or so, as a birthday present to myself. My current setup isn't terrible, but it does take quite a while to load vst-intensive projects (~3-5 minutes to load a project). Specs of my current computer: -Intel i5-3470 CPU (3.2GHz) -4GB Ram (DDR3) -Windows 10 (64-Bit) -Single Hard drive (I think a like 750GB - not sure on the speed ... couldn't find that spec, and I'm not at home right now) From the research I've been doing, it seems that the bottleneck in performance are the low RAM and the probably the hard drive speed. Moving from a desktop to a laptop, I know I won't be getting as much for my money, but I've definitely made up my mind that's the direction I'm going. I'd like to keep my budget as low as possible (duh). Ideally, I'd like to keep it in the $6-700 range ... but realistically I could stretch it to anything under $1000. I came across this today on Amazon: https://goo.gl/2QTYCb This seems to check all of my boxes (16gb RAM, SSD + HDD) except I'm not sure about the processor. I am only really familiar with Intel chips, and can't find much out about the AMD FX-9800P Quad-Core 2.70 GHz Processor in this computer. Any input - is that going to cut it, or should I stick with an intel processor? I'm also a tiny bit leery of a refurb ... but my current computer was a refurb and has lasted me ridiculously heavy use for the last 4-5 years (and will still be used in my living room entertainment center). Looking through Amazon and Newegg, these are the pages with my search parameters: https://goo.gl/9QaCkS (amazon) $200 - $800, 500 GB - 1 TB, 250 GB - 499 GB, 100 GB - 249 GB, Quad-core Processor, 16 GB, 20 GB, 64 GB, 24 GB, 32 GB, Laptops / Notebooks, Laptops / ... - Newegg.com (newegg) Anything jump out as a good/bad deal? Anything else I should be looking at? Any and all help would be appreciated! p.s. I'm pretty much a bedroom musician working on a solo project at the moment. Usually 20-30 tracks, with a decent number of VSTis (arturia analog lab 2, superior drummer 2, NI massive, etc.). I will also be using the computer to record/mix demos for local bands I know (max 4 inputs at a time). I use a focusrite scarlett 2i4 usually, and some Behringer 4-input interface when required (rarely). I use Reaper as my DAW (occasionally fiddling with Ableton lite).