Researching this online has been an absolutely mind-numbing experience. Then I came across this site and am hoping for some no-nonsense advice on spec'ing a decent mid-level laptop to get my music ideas down and do some basic mixing. One guitar/vocal in and I'm guessing no more than 10 simultaneous tracks during mixing with some virtual instruments and MIDI. This is what I THINK I need based on my reasearch: Intel Core i7 CPU (would an i5 be sufficient?) 8MB DDR3 RAM 256 GB SSD for OS and programs 750 GB 7,200 rpm HDD (internal or upsize SSD and add external if things get bogged down?) 15" Screen (with port for additional external monitor) USB 3.0 ports Optical drive (Save a few bucks and transfer files virtually?) I've looked at custom build (PCAL, ADK) and pre-configured (Lenovo, Alienware, Sager) sites and, truthfully, just want to be done with this so I can get back to creating music. Bottom line: I don't want to overbuy but I also don't want latency and drop-outs because I cheaped out on one component or another. Thank you in advance for any assistance you care to share.