It seems pretty well specced. Yes, the DVD RW also reads Cds, dvds, and also writes to CDRWs, CDRs etc.,Nothing is really future proof but the Dual Layer on the DVD RW is good as this media become more readily available and affordable. The 1g DDR memory is also v.gd as most tend to come with 512. HOwever, you might want to shop around and see if you can the same specs but with a 17"TFT as yours is 15"only. I suspect the GC is a bit basic although its PCI Express. Others will contribute. Ultimately, the decison is yours.