well, ive been getting a lot of conflicting advice about how much to spend and how nice a computer to get. some people have said just to get the absolute minimum... just something that can email and use ms word. other people have said to get a super nice computer as this is what my life is going to revolve around for the next 3 years.
i tend to agree with the latter point of view... its also a nice excuse to buy a really sweet computer
so, that said, the multimedia has twice as a better sound card, and twice as much video ram, and twice as much regular ram. ive heard that westlaw and lexis/nexis really uses up a lot of ram so i figure i might as well go with the max. also, itd be nice to be able to use this to watch movies and 64megs of video ram is really a requirement if you want to watch dvds on your computer (though, of course you can get by with 32 megs of ram and you would still be fine). the multimedia also has an 80 gig hard drive while the regular has a 60. this probably doesnt matter as both drives are bigger than i could foresee using (unless you play a lot of games... but when would you have time in law school?)
so, bottom line, the multimedia has twice as much ram as the other computer and that pretty much sealed the deal for me. if you arent familiar with what ram is, exactly, think of it like this:
the size of your hard drive is like a library: the bigger the hard drive the more books you can store in your library
the amount of ram you have is like the size of your table in the library: the more ram you have the more books you can have open and lying on your table at one time.
does any of that help?