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Hardware Configuration for a Laptop: Advice Please

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#1 Sunharrow


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Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:31 PM

Long story short my son will be entering community college this fall and will be pursuing an A.A. degree in Digital Design and then move on to a 4 year institution. The core courses he will be doing are Color & 2D Design, Graphic Design, Art with Computers, Web Graphics, Animation, and Web Page Design plus other art classes. In addition he will be doing the standard Word docs, surfing the net, term papers, etc.

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.
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#2 killerx525


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Posted 04 August 2011 - 01:00 AM

The only thing i would change from that is by adding more ram, maybe 8GB. Also get a larger hard drive since there will probably be a lot storing work files.

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
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