I was hoping y'all could help me. My laptop is at the end of it's life (DELL XPS M1530 that has lasted me 4-5 years and been the best I have had so far). I am now in the market for a new cpu (possibly for a Christmas gift if I can hold out that long).
The most important things to me on the computer are video and gigantic Excel files. I know that an extremely large excel file is not a concern for memory, but as the file gets larger and I have to make group changes, most computers start pending/crashing. I am concerned with price, warranty, and last-ability. On Woot.com right now there is a pretty sweet deal; an i5 MacBook Air for $759.99, but I think I want more than 2 gigs of ram and a larger screen. Also, I have been looking at Alienware. I have heard mostly good things about them, but I don't game on my cpu and thus don't need a crazy gaming graphics card.
Please help me with some recommendations. I know I am going to get some apple die hards coming at me, but please give justification. I really appreciate any help y'all could give. Thank you.
PS - This is me working on my last tower.