I've been doing all of my recording on a Dell Netbook and it can't keep up with what I'm trying to do. I'll try to be as specific as possible of what I need:
-My budget will be 400-700 dollars, hopefully this is enough
-Has to be a laptop, it is also going to be my "school" computer that I will use to "take notes" at college
-My DAW is reaper and I can't see myself ever using more than 10-15 tracks altogether
-I will use my Pod UX1 as an interface for the time being
-I'm going to be using Lepou and Tse amp sims but right now when I use even one track with an amp sim my computer's CPU peaks
-I will use Steven Slate Drums
-Finaly this computer will only be used for music, browsing internet and school, no gaming or anything like that
I've been doing a lot of research and from what I can tell I need about 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a good processor. I don't really know much about the technical side of computers so this could be completely wrong. I've done a lot of research but I figured I should try to make sure this fits my needs before I go get something. Any help is appreciated, if I need to clarify anything just let me know.
Now I'm not a PC-guy and haven't been in a while, but I'm just going to have to recommend a used Macbook or something like that. The one I have is like 1.5 years old and go for pretty cheap right now on the used market. It's just such a good computer allround. I mixed the latest Feared album on it without any problems(and that was a full blown production). All the plugins you mentioned and Reaper all works on Mac.
Just a thought! And then you also have the ability to use the best non-pro interfaces out there from Apogee!