Hello, I am searching for a new laptop to purchase for next semester. I am using a notebook right now, and it is painful to go on the internet to watch youtube videos because it loads so slowly, and going from webpage to webpage is just as awful. I am an engineering student, so I am looking for a laptop that will run whatever engineering programs I will be using soon (MATLAB and others) as well as browsing the internet while going fast. I do not need a high power gaming machine, I have no intentions of playing the latest and greatest computer games on the market, just something that meets the above criteria. Also, price is important, as long as it is affordable (maybe $500 range?). Is windows 8 worth having, I had no problems with windows 7, but I think all the new stuff you buy will have windows 8, anyone like/dislike windows 8? Thanks!!