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Quick point. Go through a reseller. You will save a few hundred bucks and get superior warrenties to boot. Check out Xotic PC. I bought 2 Sagers from them. Good people.
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Thanks I'll check it out right now.
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Quick point. Go through a reseller. You will save a few hundred bucks and get superior warrenties to boot. Check out Xotic PC. I bought 2 Sagers from them. Good people.
WOW the starting prices are $100 cheaper thanks...you saved me money lol.
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I am a high school student and would really like to get into graphics design and programming....and the only games I'll be playing on this laptop are Team fortress 2, cod4, and counter strike source....the rest of high end games will be on my desktop so I don't need much of a powerful gpu I'm thinking 555m-560m
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I picked ic diamond compound and 8 gigs of ram...but I could get 16 1333 mhz at $50 extra....
As said before, slow your roll killer.

The bigfoot card is a waste of money IMO, you won't notice a difference that justifies the extra money...

Also that screen upgrade is a bit unnecessary.

TF2, Cod4, and CSS do not need a 560M.

I am a college student in a Game developement program, and I'm looking at a 4GB RAM, 540M~ 2.0Ghz corei7 laptop... You are definitely just suckering yourself into something bigger than what you need.

Fist off, programming.. Light requirements. 2nd off, graphics design. What type of design? What programs will you be using? If you aren't doing high end 3D modelling then you are wasting your money with this laptop. Even then, I'm choosing a 540M because it will work perfectly fine for 3D modelling. The only that may suffer is render time (and there is a nice render-farm at my school, so I don't have to worry about that). You also shouldn't be rendering on your laptop in an ideal situation anyways.

Now, if you mean doing photoshop.. Then processor is what matters, and that 560M is a way more than what you need.

Don't give in to the temptation of having the biggest baddest laptop on the block, save yourself the money.
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I'll be using photoshop and sony vegas...and after effects...
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WOW the starting prices are $100 cheaper thanks...you saved me money lol.
opticx is a little to complicated for a noob like me despite saving money lol....on this site it doesn't even mention that to use another hdd in raid you have to take out the optical drive :|
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As said before, slow your roll killer.

The bigfoot card is a waste of money IMO, you won't notice a difference that justifies the extra money...

Also that screen upgrade is a bit unnecessary.

TF2, Cod4, and CSS do not need a 560M.

I am a college student in a Game developement program, and I'm looking at a 4GB RAM, 540M~ 2.0Ghz corei7 laptop... You are definitely just suckering yourself into something bigger than what you need.

Fist off, programming.. Light requirements. 2nd off, graphics design. What type of design? What programs will you be using? If you aren't doing high end 3D modelling then you are wasting your money with this laptop. Even then, I'm choosing a 540M because it will work perfectly fine for 3D modelling. The only that may suffer is render time (and there is a nice render-farm at my school, so I don't have to worry about that). You also shouldn't be rendering on your laptop in an ideal situation anyways.

Now, if you mean doing photoshop.. Then processor is what matters, and that 560M is a way more than what you need.

Don't give in to the temptation of having the biggest baddest laptop on the block, save yourself the money.
I'd like to have that screen upgrade so I can see more colors on a scale...
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I'll be using photoshop and sony vegas...and after effects...
Those are CPU intensive programs, not GPU. And the base i7 will definitely power through them.

I recommend getting a sager 5160 from xoticpc with an i7 and 4GB of RAM. I don't think it will disappoint, and you will have saved about $500.. The price of all that software you are going to be using (saying you get student versions).

Edit: As for the screen..

You work your way up to using the most expensive top of the line stuff constantly. Do you have a good drawing tablet? That would be a more important purchase than a screen upgrade at this point. I don't think you would be utilizing the screen completely, not be able to really tell the difference between the "normal" screen and the more expensive one.
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Well won't exactly be buying those programs...sad to say I can't afford them...I'll be getting them another way. Hmm so I guess I'll go with a cheaper gpu....but you sure I don't need more ram for multiple applications...my current desktop only has 4 gigs and it's a pain for it to wait to load programs....or would that be ssd speed :s plus with my desktop rig below your right I won't be needing a good gpu on this.
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Well won't exactly be buying those programs...sad to say I can't afford them...I'll be getting them another way. Hmm so I guess I'll go with a cheaper gpu....but you sure I don't need more ram for multiple applications...my current desktop only has 4 gigs and it's a pain for it to wait to load programs....or would that be ssd speed :s plus with my desktop rig below your right I won't be needing a good gpu on this.
You are better off using free programs then. #1 it's illegal to reference that you will be pirating them. #2 using pirated software to create a portfolio is highly illegal and unethical, and #3 if you are deadset on them, then buy them. you don't need the newest versions, and there may be highly discounted copies available for students through either a university near you (especially if your HS allows you to take college credits).

In either case, it's important to own the programs if you plan on utilizing the work you create with them. If you cannot, then use free alternatives. They are close enough, and if you can do impressive things with them, then it makes you look super good to potential employers/anyone you show it to.

And what multiple applications? 4GB should handle aftereffects and photoshop at the same time just fine, but I doubt you would be working out of both at the same time. 8GB may be recommended though if you are that worried about it.
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