Through my research, people say that core i5 is good enough for what I plan to do. I don't have all the money for it yet, but what I plan to buy is a $750 HP laptop with these specs: Intel core i5, 6 gigs of ram and a 750GB 7200 RPM HDD. I also plan to buy a $150 external hard drive. To upgrade that to a core i7 (and to add 2 more gigs of ram), it would cost me another $200, and that is money I could spend on other things that would be very useful. I do plan to both record and mix all my music on this laptop, but after a year of recording I have never had a song of mine reach over 10 tracks, so most of my stuff is not heavy-duty. I do tend to use a lot of plugins, though. Should I put in the extra $200 to get the better core and 2 gigs more ram, or should I stick with the core i5 and spend the extra money on other things that I want to get? Since money ain't gonna be coming in fast.