My laptop finally died (a month before the warranty expired, conveniently enough), and rather than fix it, the place I got my warranty through just reimbursed me the original price.
It was a good two or three years old, so obviously I'm taking the opportunity to get something nice enough to play newer games. Right now I'm torn between two: one has an Intel Core i5 2.53GHz processor and a decent video card, and one has an Intel Core i7 1.6GHz processor with a better video card. They're within $20 of each other, so which is the better buy? i7 is bigger than i5, so I'm inclined towards that, but 2.53 is also bigger than 1.6. halp.
(If you've any other suggestions for computers, that'd be great, too. I have $700-$800ish to spend).