Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:52 PM
I'm new to bleepingcomputer,
I am looking for a recommendation for a new laptop. My current laptop is fairly old and the motherboard is starting to fail (I keep getting blue screens - I am going to post for advice on fixing it in another section, but I think it's time to give up on this thing), and I think it makes more sense at this point for me to buy a new laptop than try to fix this one, since my warranty has been up for a couple of years now.
So here's my situation: I'm a graduate student in Biology so I don't have much money, but I need a decent laptop. I use the machine for relatively intense data analysis as well as an interface with various data loggers out at field sites, so basically I'm looking for advice on what brands/models are durable with a good warranties. I also need a relatively fast processor and a lot of RAM. I'm not using this machine for gaming though, so I'm not particularly interested in good videocards or anything like that.
So my specific questions are:
1. what brands are known for durability and good warranties/customer service
2. does it make more sense for me to purchase aftermarket RAM, or buy a system with the specs I want
3. If I'm using this machine for simulations of biological systems that basically run lots of calculations in series, does it matter what type of processor I have (duo core vs whatever else is out there) -- or more simply, what are the advantages of the different types of processors that are out there.
I realize that I would probably be better off getting a laptop for field work and a desktop for data analysis, but the income of a graduate student doesn't allow for that.
Any advice is welcome, and I understand if it's not appropriate for people to suggest specific brands etc., so if you know any good review sites I would appreciate it. (I don't necessarily know which review to trust that come up on google, because I've been suspicious about the advice I've received in the past).