Hi, I am doing a Civil engineering masters at university. Now, I currently have: HP Compaq Presario CQ61-200-CQ61-222SA Specifications, Reviews and Shopping | BitDynasty I am currently replacing the screen on as it has gone negative, and is a poor piece of equipment that has lasted three years. But it is literally in two pieces at the moment. It could handle my needs from day to day. However it was lacking that processing power and RAM to run autoCAD and ArcGIS. I am faced with the dilemma to get a 15' macbook pro (£1300) with student discount. Or something along these lines: Lenovo Z580 M81D2UK The main factor being build quality steering me towards the macbook, and the specs of the lenovo (even considering the poor graphics card). I just really want to build my own laptop with 8 GB of ram, SSD, HDMI, USB3 and an independent graphics card. Also the i7 processor is taunting me. So the budget is 400-1300 effectively the best value for money within this range. I have been thinking about this for a good solid week. Will somebody sway me one way or the other.