Time for a fresh thread.
The only real update for me as I'm no longer using my dell XPS M1710 as my laptop. I've had that machine for years and had lots of use out of it. Instead I now have the HP Envy 15 which arrived today. 8 Gig ram i7, four physical cores, four virtual. ATI 5830, it's super light in comparision to the old dell. It'll do me well in my final year.