Happy Birthday to me! Being gifted a laptop - now what do I get?

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Happy Birthday to me! Being gifted a laptop - now what do I get?
Jan 29, 2013

My laptop is about 5 years old and on its last legs, so as a very generous birthday gift my mother is offering to buy me a new one.  I'm going legitimately into business by the end of the year and need something for in-person sales.

(No Macs.  Sorry.  Waaaayyy too expensive, though I know they're awesome.)
Now here's what I need and hopefully ya'll can point me in the right direction.  I'm looking to keep this less than $800 (she didn't give me a price point, but I won't ask her for more than that).

~  17"< screen

~ Minimum 2 USB ports

~ Power to run, say, 5-7 programs at once (Photoshop, other editing stuff, Microsoft Office, etc.)

~ CF card acceptance would be nice

I haven't shopped for a laptop in years and my desktop was built by a friend so I really don't know what I need.  Any suggestions are very welcome!

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