OH wow, a monster audio guy! I hate you lol..... i want my setup to be mini-itx, so I am stuck with a Core 2 Quad :-( would love to have an i7. Well seeing that you are into audio, a laptop setup may not be optimized for what you want to do. i think there are a few people that have monster audio also, and their car pc systems handle all the audio processing. WuNgUn and _Dejan_ are the two that come to mind right away, especially _Dejan_.