I truly loved HBO's Olive Kitteridge. It's been on my mind for days now. Frances McDormand is stellar, no one else could have played this role
John Podhoretz's review points out that this type of series (quiet, brooding drama) doesn't really appear on the big screen anymore. Thought-provoking read: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/portrait-age_818358.html
I recently got a "budget" Lenovo model and remain amazed at the hardware you can get for under $500 these days. Quad core processor, 6 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD. When I built my first PC the ultimate gaming rigs had only 1 GB of RAM.