So I'm starting school in a couple of weeks and I intend on getting a new laptop (I probably needed a new one for a while now and school gives me an excuse ). I'm doing an MLIS program and they've given some general hardware specs (at least 2GB memory, 2GHz processor, and 80 GB storage). The current computer I'm using has 1GB memory. I don't even know what the processor is and it has 250 GB storage. It was a cheap computer we got from Walmart three years ago. It's really slow, which often frustrates husband and I, and I've actually used up most of the space on it.
Of course, the primary reason I'll be using the laptop is for school. I'll be doing some non-related school stuff like using Skype to keep in touch with family, downloading videos, streaming figure skating competitions, etc. Nothing too heavy.
So I turn to FSU for some recommendations. Oh, before I end, I ask that no one recommend a Mac. I'm looking to spend at most $1,000 (and would love it if I could spend even less since I still have to pay for my textbooks). Thanks in advance for the advice!