|riider is right, I went to HP site and choose a decent laptop and customized it and added what I thought would get him through the next 4 years or so of school and mild gaming (distinct graphics, etc.) and I came up with a system for $659.00 US. If you cannot go up to this level, go with a desktop until he is going to college (which is when I purchased laptops for my children). A desktop would be less expensive with the same specs and could be upgraded if he eventually need better graphics, etc.|
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.