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Need a new laptop for college, not sure what I need and what I don't...


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#1 emasley6

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:44 PM

Alright, so throughout high school I had a Windows 7 Dell Inspiron something or other. I can't remember the specs because I bought it when I was very young and only knew how to find the cheapest ones. Now I'm starting my first semester of college this fall, and I'm looking for a new one. I'm pretty set on the Sony Vaio S Series, but I need to get someone else's opinion on my setup:

Intel i5-3210 2.5GHZ processor

Windows 8 64 bit

13.3" LED (1600X900) Display

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE (1GB) hybrid graphic

500 GB Hard Drive

8GB DDR3 RAM

 

The laptop totals to $950.

 

So my main questions are, should I get the i7 processor instead?

Is the higher resolution and video card worth the extra $80?

Would 4GB of RAM be enough?

 

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:47 PM

You might want to wait until you're at the college.  Universities often have special prices on computer software and hardware.  In addition, you will want to get the kind of equipment that will work or is required for the kinds of courses you'll be taking.

 

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:50 PM

You might want to wait until you're at the college.  Universities often have special prices on computer software and hardware.  In addition, you will want to get the kind of equipment that will work or is required for the kinds of courses you'll be taking.

 

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My mom actually works at the college I'm attending. The only thing she's told me is to not buy a mac for it as most of the computers on campus run Windows. The book store on campus does not sell computers or anything related even.



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:57 PM

I didn't expect the bookstore would.  Is there not some sort of Info. Tech. department?  Indiana University has this: http://uits.iu.edu/  and as part of it this: http://uits.iu.edu/page/ameb

 

Regardless, you need to know what your classes will require in terms of software and hardware.  Are you going to be doing video intensive things?  A lot of graphics?  What kinds of things will you be doing?

 

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:01 PM

I'm majoring in business, and my first semester I have an economics class, a math class, an English class, and intro to business. So probably not going to be too heavy usage my first year really, but I want this to last me 4 years. 



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:35 AM

If you plan to do some gaming aswell at college then the MSI GE60 offers better graphics card and a full blown quad core i7 processor at the $1000 mark.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:02 AM

I've got a msi ge60-ond here and it works great, and it's quite practical as well (easy to access hdd, ram etc...). The only downside is that it comes with windows 8.

 

I can definitly recommend it.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:16 PM

right,you will want to get the kind of equipment that will work or is required for the kinds of courses you'll be taking.15.gif


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:55 PM

Orange Blossom is correct. IU offers a deal on a computer via a vendor.
The eldest, who is now an IU alum this year! wanted a Mac. Our now IU senior wanted a windows os. We managed to get discounts on both.
Our 3rd is going to Purdue, and it was mentioned to stay with a windows os laptop because near the entire engineering world operates on a windows platform.

Sorry Orange, we tried to get him to go to IU.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 01:53 PM

Stanford has the stats for the computers being used on their website



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:00 PM

You might want to wait until you're at the college.  Universities often have special prices on computer software and hardware.  In addition, you will want to get the kind of equipment that will work or is required for the kinds of courses you'll be taking.

 

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This makes so much sense it's scary.  ;)






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