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I am beginning to code and need a laptop to be able to run my programs. What specs do I need? Is the a particular laptop that I should get Price range 600-800.
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I am beginning to code and need a laptop to be able to run my programs. What specs do I need? Is the a particular laptop that I should get Price range 600-800.

Can you specific what programming you'll be doing?
There's so many things that is "programming", so we can't help you until you tell what it is.
     
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Just two pieces of advice:

1) Intel Atom sub-2Ghz is NOT OK for programming.
2) Don't compromise on 4Gb RAM - you'll need that.
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A rule of thumb I use when ordering work computers is what programs will the person have open at one time, add up the required CPU needed, and ram, then double those requirements and then start looking.

Ive run VMs, mysql, server 2008 off my laptop and I have an i5 @ 2.5Ghz (turbo is 3.0), 8GB ram, SSD and it seems to work beautifully. Runs visual basic pretty well too (just depends on how robust what you are writing is.
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A rule of thumb I use when ordering work computers is what programs will the person have open at one time, add up the required CPU needed, and ram, then double those requirements and then start looking.

Ive run VMs, mysql, server 2008 off my laptop and I have an i5 @ 2.5Ghz (turbo is 3.0), 8GB ram, SSD and it seems to work beautifully. Runs visual basic pretty well too (just depends on how robust what you are writing is.

That's a bit far from OP's intended budget, I think smile.gif
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Well, I think Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is perfect for his programming.
What do you guys think?

Intel Core i7 or i5 I think.
16GB RAM (upgradable)
GT 750m or GT 650m
Move the HDD to the ultrabay and add a SSD in the bay.
Then he has a decent laptop for 800 or 900ish or more if he intended to upgrade the ram to 16GB which 6GB or 8GB is perfect, but it'll last him a long time.
     
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That's a bit far from OP's intended budget, I think smile.gif

It wasnt as bad as you think. I bought the laptop refurb off ebay for 515 with a 3 year lenovo warranty, then the SSD was 140, the ram was like 50 bucks, I just bought another battery (9 cell) which was like 90, and then an mSATA SSD for 50.

So all together 515+140+50+90+60= 855

Scratch the msata ssd and the better battery and well under budget. I love my lenovo t420
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Well, I think Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is perfect for his programming.
What do you guys think?

Intel Core i7 or i5 I think.
16GB RAM (upgradable)
GT 750m or GT 650m
Move the HDD to the ultrabay and add a SSD in the bay.
Then he has a decent laptop for 800 or 900ish or more if he intended to upgrade the ram to 16GB which 6GB or 8GB is perfect, but it'll last him a long time.

Ive seen the ideapads after about a year and they just dont hold up as well compared to the business laptops they offer =/
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Ive seen the ideapads after about a year and they just dont hold up as well compared to the business laptops they offer =/

Well, maybe, but most business laptops doesn't offer a dedicated GPU, right? Well, they do, but I think it is the professional GPU which I heard from people that it sucks for programming comparing integrated GPU itself.

Well, the OP need to give us some things that we need to know for his tasks.

Like what is his screen size, what "programming" is he going to be doing, and etc.
     
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Well, maybe, but most business laptops doesn't offer a dedicated GPU, right? Well, they do, but I think it is the professional GPU which I heard from people that it sucks for programming comparing integrated GPU itself.

Well, the OP need to give us some things that we need to know for his tasks.

Like what is his screen size, what "programming" is he going to be doing, and etc.

Good point, mine is integrated. So if you are going to do anything that needs a dedicated GPU like video editing, that would be a bad decision. If I needed anything stronger than my laptop I would just use my desktop anyway. I do highly recommend a SSD though. It helps so much because I go to different offices all the time and a 10 second boot time is awesome. It also gave me about an hour of battery life on top of what I already had.

As far as screensize goes though, if you are working for a company ask them if they will purchase an extra monitor for you to use at your desk, or have one laying around. I wouldnt want to program without another keyboard and mouse too, and dual monitors makes everything easier.
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Steel Series Arctis 5 
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AMD FX-8350 Vishera @ 4.86 Ghz 1.5V ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX EVGA GTX 660 TI 3GB EVGA GTX 660Ti FTW+ 3GB 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
16 GB DDR3 1600 G.Skill Samsung Pro 850 256GB SSD LG BD Corsair H110i 
OSPowerCaseOther
Windows 7x64 Professional CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V Antec LanBoy Air 5 switch fan controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Edition MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX ASUS GTX 550TI 1GB 8GB 1333 DDR3 G. Skill (2x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1x 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM Samsung DVD  Stock air Windows 7 Professional x64 
PowerCaseAudio
700 Watt Rosewill Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower ... Integrated  
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