I'm looking to buy a laptop for my son for xmas but i am on a very tight budget. it must have at least the following spec Dual core processor 2mb ram 120 gig hard drive 17" screen or maybe a 15.4" windows vista premium.
where is the best place to shop, would also consider a refurbished laptop but it must be supplied from a reliable company.
When you say your budget is tight how tight do you mean? much easier for us to find you a machine if we know your max price. Oh and 17" screens tend to really push prices up so if i was you i would stick to the 15.4" option, will normally get a lot more hardware for your money.
If you are considering a reburb than i would suggest that you make sure that it is a factory refurb rather than something like pcworld/dixons/currys refurbs which get reburbed at their own workshop and in my opinion are never done properly and are terribly unreliable.