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Or Should I just upgrade my rig wink.gif
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Let me go ahead and tell you, I have been in school for quite some time. Was originally in school for computer engineering, took a break for a few years, now I am back as a computer science major whit a concentration in systems.

Laptops are very nifty and definitely nice to have, but they have never been crucial to have one. I got a new rig when originally going to school and 4 years later, just dropped $3k on my new desktop rig without hesitation over a laptop.

It comes down to your preference but a laptop is not TRULY needed, at least from my experiences so far.
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keep your sig rig...no laptop, unless u going spend >$1500 is going beat it...

if anything... you got a 650w psu... go buy yourself a GTX 680 or a GTX 690, that my friend is a REAL upgrade. biggrin.gif

Grab a SSD also...that will be 100% upgrade for everyday computing needs.
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I have been through 2 years at college with my sig rig. I don't think a laptop is absolutely necessary at all. Definitely use the $$$ to upgrade your current rig, it will be $ far better spent.
    
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I vote laptop. I use my Asus Transformer but I literally could not function without a laptop or tablet. I keep all my notes papers etc. on google docs so I can access them and work on them between classes or in boring easy classes tongue.gif. I complete most of my work between classes and just edit/proofread at home. I add assignments to google tasks and calendar with reminders. I download pdfs for reading on the train. I can't even think of all the things I do with it.

Yes I could do all of this the old fashioned way use paper...wait till I get home etc. etc. but its nowhere near as efficient.

If I had to pick between having a laptop and a desktop I would pick a laptop every time and you already have a desktop so you don't even have to choose!!!

I'm working on an MA in Art History which isn't even remotely computery. Honestly my Transformer is like a part of me, it would be like not having a cell phone. Even the thought of not having one makes me shudder.
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if you have your desktop with you through college (dorm, or live at home), laptop is not required. you might hear people say "WHAT! you ain't got no laptop?" but laptop in class is like a notepad with a pen. =P

you could also spend $300-400 on a netbook/tablet PC and the rest of your budget for upgrading ur sig rig. =)
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I can see the benefit of being able to type up your notes in class (way faster than writing, but adding diagrams/pictures/graphs quickly can be tough), but I see it as a huge distraction. Almost everyone I see with a laptop in class will be browsing the web/facebook/playing games during class. Plus I feel that the notes your write by hand are retained better, you can always re-type them real quick on your desktop later and that will help you learn the material even better.
    
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I can see the benefit of being able to type up your notes in class (way faster than writing, but adding diagrams/pictures/graphs quickly can be tough), but I see it as a huge distraction. Almost everyone I see with a laptop in class will be browsing the web/facebook/playing games during class. Plus I feel that the notes your write by hand are retained better, you can always re-type them real quick on your desktop later and that will help you learn the material even better.

Just got to have a little will power to avoid the distraction. tongue.gif


When I first started typing notes I did have some issue with retention because I'd nd up with a transcript instead of notes.
After a while though I got used to it I personally can learn better with typed notes, because I can type while looking at the powerpoint/board the professor is using and I can do it without thinking so I pay attention better. Part of this is probably due to the fact that I haven't really hand written anything of real importance in probably a good 3+ years so it's more work than typing for me, but I suppose if you were used to handwriting notes it would the same way.

Another thing that is useful is during art history classes I can get a picture of whatever piece they are talking about and paste it into my notes to make them more organized.
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How easy would it be for me to walk off with your laptop?

On another note, I never could take good notes in class on a laptop (my school gave each student one, a new one every year); it might have been all the math and engineering courses though with all their diagrams and equations.
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How easy would it be for me to walk off with your laptop?
On another note, I never could take good notes in class on a laptop (my school gave each student one, a new one every year); it might have been all the math and engineering courses though with all their diagrams and equations.

+1, already adhd in my classes as it is, but with my major hobby device sitting in front of me in class all the time?

pft, already failed outta school once (don't lecture me, that was a sad part in my life)...
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