Now I'm majoring in network security and taking virtualization classes (VMware). I have a waterproof 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive and the bottom two have USB 3.0 ports but the top doesnt. What the top does have is a decent graphics card and it's fairly cheap. I play minecraft occasionally and will play diablo 3 when it comes out. School does however take precedence over all that.
My next question is for what I'm doing would the core i3 be sufficient? I don't mind paying extra for the i5 if it will make a nice difference. (I also make music with my computer and run some semi intensive software).
I will be running virtual machines and that can be very hardware intensive.
I keep hearing about USB3 bottlenecks....will it even run my external HDD at a noticeably different speed? Is the 7200rpm hard drive a limitation?
Im gonna upgrade ram upon buying it to 8gb we work with desktops at school so I need something I can move around. Trust me. I need a laptop. My main concerns are USB 3.0, CPU bang for buck and Giving into my gaming guilty pleasure...sacrificing usb 3.0...whats the point of having this shiny super durable external HDD if i have no usb 3.0 ports!