I'm going to start my 1st semester in two weeks so I need a laptop ASAP. I'm majoring in computer science so I'll be needing a fast and reliable system, and I guess for some light gaming too. I'm going to use it for a long time.
Here's my requirement:
-7,200rpm hard drive
-dedicated graphic card (it doesn't need to be good as long as it's upgradeable)
-minimum 2gb of ram ddr3
-comes with a 6-cell battery or higher
-priced under $1500
I was thinking of thinkpad t410 i5 540m with dedicated graphic, but do you think its a good choice? I'm open to suggestions and thank you for reading.
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Second, I'd get more like 4GB of RAM, as 2GB is really quite minimal for any modern system. Also, the graphics cards in laptops are very rarely upgradeable, so I wouldn't count on that if I were you. I'd get a graphics card that's good enough from the start, because even in models where it is removeable and possibly even upgradeable, laptop video cards are difficult to find and very expensive.