My Alienware updating will be an on going thing. I will look into your suggestions. This may sound like I'm changing the topic, but it is somewhat related. This PC I've had more than 3 yrs. I paid close to 3grand. that's about a grand a year. It will serve as a good backup. When I get home from deployment in 3 months. I think I will buy a new laptop. You all seem very knowledgeable. What do you recommend would be ideal for someone who likes to use a lot of graphic software (All Adobe software, Autodesk, etc.) I like to use 3D software, animating that requires a lot of power or I'll be rendering all day. I'm also into photography and video. I like the convenience of a laptop, but I need power. What laptops are out there that handle graphic software well, have a good battery life, and of course will stand the test of time. by that I mean Windows 8, 9, 10... I thought Alienware was a good choice at the time, but the way it looks now, it's like ZTruker put it, "I got the Meatball." I don't mind spending the money, but I don't want to make the same mistake.