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Best processor and memory device for programming ?

Hi ! I want to build a laptop for my boyfriend. He is a programmer and uses C++, java, linux, ubuntu and other programms like that (but mostly C++).
I'm really not an expert in computers so i was wondering what is the best processor and memory i could chose ? My budget is 500$ for the laptop.
Thanks alot for your help :)
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    an intel i3 3xxx or 4xxx series at 15" is your best bet. he will need plenty of ram, atleast 8gb and an ssd. not sure if you can squeeze in at 500usd but this is what i'd get
  2. Thanks, it helps me alot :) I'm gonna check the prices and if it fits in my buget i'll try to buy that ! And is there other important pieces that he would need ?
  3. Intel has the stronger memory controller so if you get something within the i3/i5/i7 area you will be good to go. Building laptops is a tricky business. I don't believe for your budget you would be able to accomplish it. And the only place I know of where you could find laptop parts would be ebay.
  4. I was going to do it on "I buy power". Why is it tricky ? And is there a good laptop that i could buy instead of building it ?
  5. More memory and decent CPU is more important for compiling speed then an SSD if it comes down to cost. Plus he will most likely need a decent USB keyboard and mouse for when he is at his desk.

    Is refurbished an option?
  6. One of the issues with buying a power user/programmer a PC, especially a laptop, is the 'feel' of it. The keyboard in particular. Not all are alike.

    Buy somewhere you can take it back easily if required.
  7. framboise1 said:
    I was going to do it on "I buy power". Why is it tricky ? And is there a good laptop that i could buy instead of building it ?


    You should preference that you are purchasing a pre built computer when you said build it confused me and led me to believe you were purchasing the components and assembling.
  8. This is the best deal I can find right now for $500 new but as USAFret suggests, the feel is important. However as I mentioned a USB Keyboard and mouse is a must.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/envy-15-6-laptop-8gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive/2374042.p?id=1219072222935&skuId=2374042&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2
  9. Thanks alot it seems a really good deal. Should i buy it right now or shop more ? And yes i prefer to buy a new computer !
  10. Well you should definitely check more reviews of that laptop. I quickly read over some reviews and found that it seems decent and has a good battery. I think that $200 off is part of "black friday" and looks to end Saturday, which is today. I normally wouldn't suggest HP but those are good specs for the price...I try not to rush into anything but I don't know what to say. Anyone else think OP can do better for $500 new?
  11. crookedmouth said:
    This is the best deal I can find right now for $500 new but as USAFret suggests, the feel is important. However as I mentioned a USB Keyboard and mouse is a must.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/envy-15-6-laptop-8gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive/2374042.p?id=1219072222935&skuId=2374042&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2



    I can't buy it because i live in canada. But i found this one is it good ?
    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lenovo-lenovo-ideapad-p500-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-3520m-1tb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-8-english-refurb-p500/10243276.aspx?path=6ebce64592bdc3fe47cebe34efe3d826en02
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