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Help buying new laptop for computer science major?


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#1 JRHB14

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:57 AM

So, I am currently looking at buying a new laptop for heading off to college. My budget is around a $1000, maybe a couple hundred more.
I'm going to be using this for both personal use and any assignments that would be typical for a CS major.  I do some gaming, though not a lot--of course, part of that is because my current computer can't really handle anything too strenuous. I watch a lot of videos online, so that is a priority for me as well. I h
onestly don't need a lot of storage for pictures and the like, I keep files on flash drives. 

I have been looking mostly at ASUS, they seem to be good quality and decent prices. 
http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-UX32VD-DH71-13-3-Inch-Laptop-VERSION/dp/B009AEYHGU
So, my question is, is this is good? I'm looking for a step above just decent--is it necessary to put in a few extra hundred to get that?



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:13 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum! The Asus Zenbook you have chosen is a awesome ultrabook for the price and performance. It will sufficiently satisfy your needs, although depending on the games you plan to play, it will struggle. 


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 05:04 AM

Hi,

 

Have you looked at http://uk.pcmag.com/laptops/6014/guide/the-10-best-gaming-laptops

 

Hope this helps



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

If you're willing to go refurbished, you can get a little more machine for the money.  Something like this DELL Latitude E7240.

 

I don't recommend less than 8GB of RAM.  Even basic usage will result in using the page file on a regular basis, which is bad for the disk drive and system performance.

 

You can get a machine with 4GB and upgrade it to 8GB later.  I don't recommend a gaming laptop, normally because they are normally have a large screen making them portable only in name.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

Yeah, I have been worried about the whole issue of RAM. I've pretty much only ever had 4GB, so wasn't sure how much of a perceivable difference it was going to make. Is it cheaper to upgrade RAM later or is it more, might as well buy a computer with more RAM in the first place?



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:38 AM

Some laptops cannot be upgraded - especially in the ultrabook category.

When you say you want to play some games - what games specifcally would you be playing?

 

It is possible you would be better served by a Lenovo Y40...


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:23 PM

Mostly I play games on Steam, and then a few indie games which don't usually require a lot of power to run.






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