I am researching (& about to buy) a laptop. For MY purposes, I question whether it is really important to have this famous TI chip set you all talk about. Can you comment? Allow me to explain my situation... Since I already have a desktop DAW (and prefer that over using a laptop), my new laptop purchase will mainly be for use other than DAW use. However, I thought it might be wise to buy a machine with DAW specs (just in case I ever needed to use the laptop for an occasional fling field-recording of some kind. The thing is, I never use fire wire. In my own solo-musician practices (and with my drum softsynths already mixing my drums virtually), I only need 2-in/2-out (I use an Echo Indigo Express card). Isn't fire wire mainly for those need to multi-track more than 2 channels? If I do not use fire wire, does this mean I can safely chose a laptop that does not necessarily have that TI chipset? I have my eye on several almost perfect laptops (for my needs) but some have the Intel PM45 chipset instead of the TI set. For example, the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q711 and Gateway P-7805u FX. In my case, is that TI chipset still important?