I have to buy a laptop for an upcoming year of studio. I'm an architecture major. They sent us a list of minimum specs that the computer must meet. Of course, I want something that will grow with me and not lag behind, so I'd like to do more than the minimum. The only way I know how to do this is to customize one through a website like Dell. I'd like to spend between 2-3k and the closer to 2k the better of course. Money is always tight.
Here is what the school's minimums are:
Intel or equal 2 Duo 8700 (2.53GHz) Dual Core processor or faster
4 GB DDR3 - 1066 SDRAM 4 DIMMS
15" or bigger display, HD or WXGA Brightview wide screen
500GB 7200 RPM hard drive
1.0 GB Nvidia Quadpro FX graphics card... the faster the better
8x DVD +/-RW or better
Software we will be running:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Standard
I have hit a wall with understand the way processor speeds are listed and what the differences are. I also don't know enough to know what is comparable or better than the specifics listed here (ie. if Nvidia graphic cards are best). Descpritions on retail website are somewhat confusing.....
Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Quad Core Processor 1.73GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7-620M Dual Core 2.66GHz 4MB
... Why is Dual Core listed as 2.66 while a Quad core is 1.73? This may seem like a silly question, but why is that?
Okay. Hope this is enough information to get some advice... Thanks!