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I am planing on buying a whole new computer during the summer when i get more money from a job that pays minimum wage. Should i go and get a Laptop or should i go and get a Desktop? What i plan on doing is playing video games, and web pretty much. But the thing is also that i am a junior in high school at the moment and i am wondering if i should invest into a laptop for college or something. Can you guys help me figure this out? thanks
Also what i want to try to spend is maybe somewhere around $1000
Edited by Olives - 6/2/11 at 7:31am
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Budget?

Do what I did - ultraportable laptop for classes, beastly desktop for games.
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Ah, high school...Anyways, I've had several desktops and 2 laptops, and in my experience, the laptops have always taken a backseat. I go to LAN parties somewhat regularly with my friends and the power and expandability of the desktop has always paid off, even though I have to lug a 50 pound beast to LANs. IMO, a desktop will be a better "daily driver", especially for a gamer.
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Do what I did.

Asus Eee PC 1201N for portable gaming and work.
Gaming Desktop PC for gaming at home. (I know mine isn't amazing, but it plays anything.)

The Eee PC 1201N really is amazing...

Mine has:

Intel Atom N330 CPU (1.6GHz, Dual Core, Hyperthreading, OC to 2.1GHz)
3GB DDR2 RAM (3.25GB RAM Limit)
NVidia ION GPU (9300GS, plays for example Fallout 3 at good graphics with no lag @ 550 core)

Basically it plays most games out.
I even got it running DiRT2 at COMPLETELY playable framerates, it's really, really smooth on it. Fallout 3 is great on it too, no lag. Plays CSS at up to 70 / 90 FPS. Really good for a secondary PC for server at home because of the fair amount of RAM.

Altogether, the netbook cost me $300. Best purchase I've ever made.
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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
Budget?

Do what I did - ultraportable laptop for classes, beastly desktop for games.
what i want to spend is $1000 for my budget but i am not sure if i will be able to make that much money. but that is what i will try to save up to, to start spending on a new computer or laptop
post #6 of 12
If you aren't going to need the laptop for over 1 more year until college I would wait. Laptops get better and better so fast you will be able to find something much better in another year and a half. I would just buy a nice desktop for the time being.

If you are going to have a dorm room in your first year of college I would consider a small form factor PC like a mATX build. My first dorm room was like a glorified prison cell...
    
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post #7 of 12
If you can save $1000, then purchase a desktop right now (try not to spend the max) and save the rest for a laptop when you get into college, if you get a laptop right now, it'll be pretty much obsolete by the time you get into college
post #8 of 12
I'm not great with the laptop market, but I'd consider getting something like this:

Acer Aspire
15.6" Screen
2GB Memory
250GB HDD (5400rpm)
E-350 APU (dual core @ 1.6 Ghz).

Either keep Windows Starter, or if you have a spare copy lying around, put XP on it.

$379.99

Will fill the niche of a larger netbook, or a smaller laptop with very limited gaming performance. However, it can play older games:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad...0.40952.0.html


Leaving you $620 of your budget to buy yourself a nice big gaming desktop.

Something like:

Motherboard: EVGA P55V 120-LF-E651-TR ($65 after rebate)
CPU: i3 540 ($119) ($184 total)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline (2 x 2GB) ($46) ($230 total)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream 500W ($35 after rebate) ($265 total)
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 1GB ($130 after rebate) ($395 total)
Case: NZXT GAMMA ($36) ($431 total)
HSF: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 ($30) ($461 total)

Leaving you money to buy an OS and peripherals.

Ideally I'd like to upgrade the motherboard there, but when you're on a budget like this, it's difficult to get a really good motherboard, so I just went with a good manufacturer. Of course, it's just an example build, because...

Realistically, I suggest spending $7-800ish on a desktop now and getting a laptop when you need it. The main thing I'd do with the build I recommended is to get yourself a better motherboard. Something like:
ASUS P7P55D-E LX ($115 after rebate/reduction)

Alternately, when you're looking at getting that sort of build, it's a small upgrade to a $1000 system (or at least a $800 system), where you're focusing around an i5 2500k and a P67 motherboard, such as these:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 ($120)
Or:
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) ($120 after rebate)

And:
Intel Core i5-2500K ($225)

If we were going to go with the i5 2500k build, it'd be an extra $161, which I believe would be money well spent.


Then I'd probably also suggest buying a slightly better air cooler (I hear that there are deals on Hyper 212+'s in other online stores, but not being from the US, I only really use Newegg).

All in all, with an i5 and a good GTX 460, you're looking at spending around $650 total. The motherboards I picked out would let you just slot in a second 460 down the road if you needed to, but you might want to look at getting a better PSU if you're into that too. 600W ought to be enough.


However then you'd have a pretty nice desktop for under $700, leaving you $300 to buy a netbook either now, or down the road.
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for a laptop you may aswell hold out until college, as laptops progress so fast, by the time you get to college you're going to want a new one!
     
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One other thing to consider is when you go to college, you can usually get a pretty sweet discount if you buy from your college's book store. I've heard some colleges give up to 30% off laptops :O
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