get a mac. spend a lot of money on ram for it though. the more and more I use them, the more I find that ram is key to macs. they are good computers, especially for laptops (portability) and especially for the stuff your looking at doing. if you were a hardcore gamer, i might say no to a mac, but if you were a hardcore gamer, you wouldn't want a laptop... and, I get ut 2004 and some other good games running on my mac. they really don't run too bad, considering the difference in hardware between my pcs and my macs. (the macs have much worse videocards, and generally run a bit slower, yet more efficient)
the next time your about to make a racial slur stop, think about all the delicious foods that come from his or her country and channel your energy towards the purchase of your next international delight.