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I'm a DBA that has been using my work PC most of the time since my home PC is a dinosaur. I just started Grad school for Cybersecurity and will need to setup some VM's and install some tools that I'd rather not have on a work PC. As an IT professional, I know I want the i7 processor (assuming that's still the best?) for speed and performance. It will remained docked most of the time, but I really like the thought of having a large screen and a fairly slim model. For all of the newest features that I really want like SSD and Windows 10 Pro, most laptops are pushing 2k. My question is since MS is giving away Windows 10, could I save some $$ by getting a slightly older model w/ 7 or 8 Pro, then upgrading the OS. Has anyone had any issues w/ the upgrade? Also, it seems like SSD is still really expensive. Would I be better off buying with SSD already installed or upgrading that myself? I'm not a PC gamer, but really want to "future-proof" it as much as possible and also have all the features I use on a daily basis. (I do not want a MAC.) Any one have any recommendations on a great make/model or site to pick one up that would fit what I'm looking for, as well as a reasonable price?
Edited by hamluis, 26 August 2015 - 08:29 AM.
Moved from Building/Upgrading to Buying New - Hamluis.