What laptop to get?

My most recent laptop died, and I've been saving up and searching for a good replacement. I need something that can handle quite a bit, as I'm going into school as an architecture student. Any ideas on what's the best out there?

1_What is your budget?

Max of probably $1500

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?


3_What screen resolution do you want?

I don't know exactly, it's just got to be high

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?


5_How much battery life do you need?

The longer the battery lasts, the better.

6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

Yeeep. Games like the Sims, or Black & White. That's about it though, nothing too intense.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)

Architecture/design programs such as AutoCAD, 3d Max, Photoshop, etc.

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?

At least 250 GB.

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.


10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?

At least 2 or 3 years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD ROM/Writer

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.

The HP I had seemed to work well when I first had it, but it pooped out pretty quickly. I thought maybe something was wrong with that particular laptop, so I got another one of the exact same model. Died just as quickly, so I wasn't too impressed. I'm still open to HP laptops, but it has to have decent reviews for me to consider it.

13_What country do you live in?


14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.


Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  1. Hello avolungus24002;

    Have you checked your University's College of Architecture to see if they have any specific laptop requirements? Some programs have quite specific directions on what students should get.
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