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Purchase template: College student considering new laptop


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#1 ricciolo

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:05 PM

Hi, all,

I'm a second year in engineering and considering buying a new laptop. I'm thinking about buying a MacBook Pro, but considering how expensive it can be, I'm open to getting a PC (possibly a Toshiba? I currently have an HP). I've used only PCs so far, so I don't have much experience with Macs/Mac OS. Do you have any advice/suggestions for getting one over the other?

My budget for the new computer is: ~$1200 (for the Mac), ~$800 (for a PC)

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Email, web browsing, programming, music, movies/videos.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Microsoft Office, Matlab, MikTex.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? N/A.

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I usually have two to three programs running at once.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes, especially music.

I'd prefer to have a laptop that's <14" (but not a netbook). I've heard Asus and Lenovo are good, but I don't know much about them. Also, if I were to get a Mac, do you think it's better to get Office for Mac or iWorks?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 01:36 AM

MSI FX420-001US

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:45 AM

Thanks for the rec! Do you have any thoughts/opinions re: Mac vs. PC (with respect to the purchase template)? Also, did you rec the MSi b/c it fits the specs or b/c you think MSi laptops are better than others?

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:43 PM

Macs are overpriced. The MSI laptop fits the budget and it will do what you want it to do.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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