Well, my laptop just bit the dust permanently. Time for a new one. Things I'll do right away when I get it:
swap out the HDD for my current SSD
Throw in 8gb of RAM, unless it has 6gb installed (I won't miss 2gb with linux)
The only thing I require really is that it's an i5 at minimum. I don't need a dedicated GPU built in, 1080p is nice but yeah..my only thing is I am NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT buying Dell. You can't convince me. I'm looking at $500-$600 but I really don't want to break that barrier.
All suggestions that are not Dell are appreciated, thanks!