throughout college, so 4 years. Would like it to be powerful enough to run media, games, and the 3D solid modeling programs through those 4 years, possibly longer
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Bluray nice, bluray writer is better
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I dont mind dell, toshiba, and my friends sony is nice
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Im an engineering student, looking for a computer that i can run throughout my college years, and into the workforce if possible. at the minimum, I want a computer that will run the 3D solid modeling programs with no lag. College students usually dont have much money either... same is true for me, this computer will need to last. Also, i appreciate all of your suggestions and help
Another option would be to get a laptop AND a desktop. When you start to get a laptop with a good graphics chip and CPU the price really jumps. In fact, the difference is a huge chunk of buying a desktop.
I'll add a comment about buying just a laptop but consider:
1. Desktop: Intel i5-750 CPU, 4GB DDR3, HD5750, suitable 1156 motherboard, Western Digital 1TB Black (main drive) ...
2. Monitor (read a lot of reviews. Preferably 1000:1 True Contrast Ratio, 22", 1080p, HDCP)
3. Laptop (NVidia or ATI graphics, 2GB or more RAM, 1440x900 screen etc., Wireless-N and NOT G)
1. Most people that use laptops for intensive tasks end up getting desktops as well if they don't already have one. My recommendation above would build a pretty awesome system with a future-proof DX11 card.
2. A laptop that has a lot of processing power is going to be much noisier than other laptops (even in idle), heavier, and most annoying is that the heat can come up and be very uncomfortable to type with.
3. Make sure you actually see and use the laptop you wish to buy if you have any doubts.
The specs pretty much speak for themselves. Again, my warning about it being noisy and hot on the hands. This probably applies to any model like this but you'd need to investigate further if need be. This is a great example of a high-end laptop with an awesome CPU and Graphics chip. This should be a good quality laptop.
The screen isn't 1920x1080 but that's not a huge deal. Because proper scaling isn't yet done, if the resolution is too high you actually need to DROP the resolution or else learn how to scale DPI which can be complicated (and affects different programs differently).
The resolution the screen has is still pretty great. It's far better to have a better quality screen than a higher resolution (and again, the difference between these wouldn't be much if you saw them side by side).
Thank you very much. It looks pretty good, I noticed that the ram is only 1066MHz. How does this compare to the 1333 (i think) MHz ram. is their a large difference between the two, and would 4g ram be enough for medium gaming and the 3D solid modeling.