I also know he must be able to run Adobe Flash CS5 and there will be animation software involved but I have not been able to find out anything else -- I've tried. The primary use will not be for gaming except light stuff. He plays the majority of his games on consoles.
The central parameters I've settled on: 15.6" display no less than 1600x900 and if I can in Matte; Nvidia 540M card, 4 gigs of RAM, i7 2630QM processor, a 320 GB harddrive @7200 rpm, and Windows 7 64.
Anyway, what I would like to know is this: Are these system specs far beyond what he needs? In light of his course work would the Nvidia 520M and the i7 provide more than enough for what he will be doing or would you stick with the i7 and 540M? I am thinking that it will definitely be more than what his course work demands but I don't want him to be limited to the Intel 3000 onboard graphics.
Edited by hamluis, 04 August 2011 - 09:32 AM.
Moved from System Builidng to New Computers.