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Laptop or Desktop? Pros and Cons?


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#1 BACKDROPsilhouette

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 05:16 PM

I have an acer mini-note and am looking to purchase a new desktop and/or laptop for college next year.
I'm going to major in Computer Science and eventually want to become a Computer Software Programmer...
So I'd like something that has great multitasking ability so I can work on my C++ language memory and do other things at
the same time (on my acer I can't ever listen to music and type at the same
time because it freezes up and proceeds to cut off and memory dump).....However, that's not really the question xD

My question is this; would I be better off with a laptop or a desktop?
In your opinion, which is cheaper but still has the same value as the other?
Should I invest in an iMac or a Macbook Pro, or s something other than an apple desktop/laptop?
All-in-one desktop (such as the HP touchsmart or Gateway all-in-one?) or the regular?

I'm so confused as to what would be the best for my buck and my usage.
Any help would be great :3

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 05:30 PM

Given your usage, I suggest you get a good desktop unless until you need something to work on the go.

Do mention your requirements in terms of basic hardware components and specify your budget.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 14 December 2009 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 05:48 PM

Really I just need something with a decent amount of RAM (at least 4GB), hard disk space, video card required for most PC games, and screen resolution. I do photo editing in Adobe Photoshop fairly often so it's nice to be able to see the actual color of what I'm editing. As long as I'm able to do more than two things as once on the thing, I should be good with whatever. I'm not super picky with it.

Budget wise, whatever I get I'll be choosing a financing plan to pay it off, so it doesn't matter to me how much the computer costs. I'm willing to dish out whatever it takes to get what I need (willing to spend other people's money is more like it, as I'm sixteen and without a job until I go off to college in the fall >.<)

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 05:49 PM

A desktop with at least a real dual-core CPU (not these watered down versions) and which support 32-bit and 64-bit O/Ses...would be the way that I would go. With 4GB of RAM installed.

As for multi-tasking...great concept but if the user doesn't use programs written for multi-core systems...I see no real advantage, no matter how many cores a system may have.

In an environment which can change drastically within 6 months...I would not think of having a system that I will have more than 1 year. If it turns out that I still have the same system, that's good. But I suspect that hardware/price changes will make a lot of today's systems...ride in the same boat as some of last year's systems that were "hot."

Change breeds change...desktops are better prepared to deal with such.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 06:00 PM

Really I just need something with a decent amount of RAM (at least 4GB), hard disk space, video card required for most PC games, and screen resolution. I do photo editing in Adobe Photoshop fairly often so it's nice to be able to see the actual color of what I'm editing. As long as I'm able to do more than two things as once on the thing, I should be good with whatever. I'm not super picky with it.

Budget wise, whatever I get I'll be choosing a financing plan to pay it off, so it doesn't matter to me how much the computer costs. I'm willing to dish out whatever it takes to get what I need (willing to spend other people's money is more like it, as I'm sixteen and without a job until I go off to college in the fall >.<)


Will you be buying it from stores like Bestbuy or Newegg? Or do you have brand stores you could visit locally?

A budget will really help us decide what we can suggest, which brands can be considered and so on...

Or you could go to sites like bestbuy.com and choose a few you like and we can help you narrow it down to one :

BestBuy - PC Desktops
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 06:42 PM

I've looked around on BestBuy.com, and that is most likely where I will be shopping from.
As a matter of fact, I have some bookmarked desktops.....I'll just get the links for those....
Having you help me narrow it down would probably be a lot easier.
Most of them are all-in-ones, just because I'd have more room for those.

HP Pavilion p6230y Desktop
HP - Pavilion Desktop with AMD Athlon™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor
Gateway - One All-In-One Desktop with Intel® Pentium® Processor
Sony - VAIO All-In-One Desktop with Intel® Pentium® Processor
iMac

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 07:31 PM

HP Pavilion p6230y Desktop
^ This seems like a good deal ! :blink:
However, if you are into serious gaming, you will need to install a separate graphics card and replace the existing (300w) PSU with a better, high-capacity alternative.


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg

Edited by tg1911, 22 December 2009 - 10:35 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:38 PM

Thank you very much!
Do you have any suggestions as to which graphics card would be the best?
I really would like to use it for gaming when I have the time!
It's been a problem on my netbook because there is no way to install or upgrade the current graphics card >.<

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:59 PM

How much are you willing to spend on the GFX card and PSU?


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg
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Posted 22 December 2009 - 03:56 PM

Ummm, 100-300 dollars. That's what I'll have leftover after buying the desktop.
Sorry it took so long to reply!
My computer wasn't working Dx


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Posted 22 December 2009 - 05:22 PM

GFX Card:

Option 1 : HD 5770 (A future-proof solution with DX11 support)

Sapphire HD 5770 ~ $165
XFX HD 5770 ~ $179

Option 2: HD 4890 (High performance solution)

Sapphire HD 4890 ~ $214
Gigabyte HD 4890 ~ $209

PSU:

Option 1 : Corsair 650HX (MODULAR) ~ $130

Option 2 : Corsair 750TX (NOT MODULAR*) ~ $109

If you don't have the space in your cabinet to stack up a bunch of wires, a modular PSU would be a better option.

Hope this helps.
If you need alternate options, do post back.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 22 December 2009 - 05:28 PM.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:24 AM

i shall always recommend a Laptop over a Desktop due to multiple reasons. it makes your system more personal, it is convenient and easy to use, ........... don't think and just buy the LAPTOP by keep in mind that HP is the best among all....

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 01:19 PM

Not to debate about it but a desktop PC is a more flexible option minus the portability factor.

It can be made more personal.
It is convenient & easy to use.
It can be upgraded, downgraded and overclocked for performance.

I could go on... :blink:

It really boils down to the portability.
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