Despite how few of you will care, I feel obliged to spread thrust my excitement on you concerning the fact that I have indeed acquired a new computer.
Upgrading from my old HP Pavilion zv5000 (Dual Core 3.0ghz Pentium 4, 128mb ATI Graphics, 384mb RAM :O, 40gb HD) which was enormous and brick-like, and produced sounds and heat akin to a blast furnace, to the new (lightly used actually, hoorah for craigslist) Asus G50VT-X1!!!
Core 2 Duo P8400 @ 2.26GHz
240 GB HDD
nVidia GeForce 9800 512MB
It's an order of magnitude better performing on all fronts than my HP was. It cost me $600 used, but it's nearly mint condition. Unless I misjudged the person I bought it from and he was actually a serious tech guy who knew how to clean traces of use off well, he only used it to play Oblivion and browse the web. It's a beautiful machine. Fast, quiet, solid construction. It even came with Oblivion, Crysis, GTA IV, and Microsoft Office Pro 2007 (looks like a copy he took from the university). When I picked it up he had a macbook on his table. BLEH.
That's all, I just had to get that out.