Good Laptop/desktop For College.

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  1. Solid Snake

    Solid Snake Senior Member

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    this summer ill be going to college,
    but idk what computer to get :|
    should i get a laptop or desktop,
    im pretty much confused.

    mind giving examples of some good gear to bring?
     
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    Chances are you'll want a higher end desktop, and a mediocre notebook for notes and such.
     
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    idk if i can afford two computers.
    i was thinking about a mac,
    are those any good? lol
     
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    I just got a new 24" Mac and I love it. Though, in your situation, I would get a laptop. Macs are a pretty solid choice, though if you want to do some gaming, stick with a Windows. It is pretty much your choice and you should research pros/cons and comps that will suit your personal style and life.
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    depends on what you use it for.

    and FYI if you can't afford a $500 laptop and a $1000 desktop you shouldn't be looking at macs as they are priced at a tremendous premium - even after student discounts have been applied
     
  6. Solid Snake

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    well if you put it that way,
    i might just go for a mediocre desktop and laptop
    instead of going all out for a laptop.

    any good choices for cheap, yet good systems?
     
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    Build yar own ;)
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    basically go witha relatively cheap OEM based laptop but add in your own RAM(it's cheaper) and go the DIY route with your desktop. a system of comparable performance to mine would go for roughly $1000 now.
     
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    ummm if you arent going to be really using it, a mac isnt a practical choice for a college student. much to pricey.
     
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    This is a good build for a desktop for almost 1000 bucks.
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 ($190)
    Motherboard: Motherboard with Intel G33 Chipset. ($90)
    RAM: 2GB of atleast 667MHz (No more than $50)
    Graphics Card: You don't need one if you don't plan on playing games, but a 8800GTS 320MB if you do plan on gaming. ($200)
    Monitor: 19" Widescreen (Around 160-180)
    Case including PSU: Nothing fancy, around 160 for both.
    Hard drive: 500GB for about 100 or so dollars.

    Total: $950

    The rest you can figure out on your own.
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    swap the 6750 for an e8400 which is out this time next week
    spend $100 to get an IP35 or DS3l(both $100ish)
    f' the 8800GTS320 it's EOL for a reason cheaper better cards exist, like the 3850/70 and 8800GT512
    case and PSU should usually be separate purchases, though I'd say around $150ish for both is fairly accurate.
    harddrive depends but what you said is generally accurate.
    Add in a 3rd party heatsink of some sort(silence is gold/more headroom)
     
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    too bad idk how to make my own comp :|
     

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