the core i5 will be plenty for you but u don't need 8 gigs of RAM 4 would be good 6 would be plenty
Thanks for your reply!
Can you give me more information on the difference between the i5 and i7? I'm unsure whether my course will involve graphics work etc, and therefore whether the i7 would be better in this case.
The reason I selected 8 gig RAM is because the cost is £30, so it is much cheaper than upgrading myself at a later date.
What are your thoughts on the hard drive? I am unsure whether to get the 5400 rpm drive or the 7200 rpm drive. Is there a noticeable difference between the two?