Originally Posted by IIMaxII
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
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.