I'm planning on purchasing a laptop to use as I head off to college this September. I've done some research on various possible notebook hardware, such as the processors and video cards available for them. Such information is harder to come across than the desktop hardware, that much I learned. However, I have one major issue which I am currently unsure of. That is, which processor should I choose? I've looked up some information on the Turion 64, the Mobile Athlon 64, and the Pentium M. From all indications, the Pentium M offers the best performance and battery life. Though I am supportive of AMD's products, as a consumer, I'm purchasing on functionality. The Turion 64 seems to be somewhat of a disappoint as far as giving the Centrino platform true competition. Virtually no manufacturer offers the MT versions of the Turion 64, which is about the only offerings I will consider thanks to it's lower power use. Nearly everyone uses the ML versions and the only MT offering I have seen is limited to the rather slower than desired 1.6 ghz model. The Mobile Athlon 64 has also tickled my interest, but I am somewhat concerned about its power drain and its overall efficiency compared to the Turion 64. I will be using this laptop for school mainly, but I do plan to do occasional gaming, and of all the manufacturers I've checked, the AMD offerings are paired up with the ATI integrated Radeon 200M solutions, which leaves much to be desired. The Pentium M notebooks I've seen offered configurations with the X700, and I'm currently most interested in that particular one. So far, it seems that my logical instincts tell me to give the Pentium M the strongest consideration. There is one complication preventing a quick purchase so far: Windows Vista. Among the few reasons preventing me from making a quick purchase on the Centrino platform is its lack of 64-bit support. I already intend to upgrade my operating system to Longhorn once it debuts, but all current indicators point to the Pentium M being the better overall platform. So, in the long term, with Windows Vista on the horizon, which sort of platform or processor should I purchase now on my notebook? I realize that should I choose AMD, I would have very poor gaming capabilities, but I am willing to take that sacrifice into consideration.