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Comedy and Wasting Time

Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:00 am

Laptop Recommendation for Computer Science?

I'm looking for a laptop to last me until the end of my university terms (All 4 years)

Here are the list of the computer related courses(Important ones)

Ryerson University - Computer Science

1st year: Java, C & UNIX
2nd year: C++, Intro. to Software engineering & Operating Systems
3rd year: Comp security, Comp networking, AI
4th year: co-op

Budget is $600~$800.

Looking to do programming/casual gaming(FPS and Strategy Games).

Location: Ontario, Toronto.
Purchase: Online or In-store.

If you need any other information, let me know, thanks.



Asked by faivious1306521

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5 answers

Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:00 am

A lot of laptops for $600 - $800 will give you good performance. What I would care for a lot is the portability. I recommend something light and I would say get a 13” screen size but if you want to game then you can look for a 14”.

alan.a.k548789

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Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:00 am

I will become a CS student next year (Fall 2013), as far as I know, high performance is not really that big of a deal for this type of major. A standard 750GB HDD + 6GB RAM + 2GHz CPU speed + (1366 * 768?) 15'6'' screen should be fine. Installing a Linux system is not a big deal, it only consumes a maximum of 10GB on the HDD, if you install a few things on the HDD, then less than 50% of the storage space is used. Do not buy an overly expensive machine unless you really want to spend that much money on it.

liumeng2027078

uThink Member

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:00 am

obviously build your own

huanzhong8211509946

uThink Member

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:00 am

So, I mean how do you build a laptop on your own? I know what you are saying, but the thing is that the hardware is so small, and you need to know the circuits and stuff. I do not wish to be an engineer, but only a computer programmer who want to have as much knowledge of physics as I could. You are an engineer, so obviously you are good at building hardware, not everyone in computer science is like that, we do not necessarily know how to build--come on, (computer science) != (computer engineering)

liumeng2027078

uThink Member

Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:00 am

Im pretty sure he meant build your own desktop. This is common among many of my classmates - desktop at home, and Macbook air or tablet with wireless keyboard during class.

classic.melody1005136

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