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After my first dell laptop I would never buy another. Hands down.
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Well, true, Thinkpad has better built however they lacked a good GPU.
I know they use the professional GPU however I heard someone said it is HORRIBLE for programming games.
Otherwise, he has no choice but to use the integrated GPU which I would advise to stay away from it and use a gaming GPU.

Not to mention, it's not like he's going to throw the damn laptop, and I assume he'll take good care of it so it doesn't matter that much.
Unless he's clumsy then he might as well grab it.
Professional GPUs are not good at Gaming due to the different firmwares. They are however exceptional at rendering and coding. Granted the Thinkpad I linked has nothing but the intel graphics which aren't very good at anything (Sup Com 2, 1366x768, everything as low as it goes, 22FPS)

So really I would say its somewhere between an Ideapad and an Inspiron. OR if the OP is willing to buy a used or refurbed PC get an enterprise grade PC with a 2nd gen i7 with a high end mobile GPU.

The reason I keep bringing up the enterprise grade PCs is that I find them to just be better built and more reliable. Its nothing against the consumer laptops.
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I will be moving from home to school everyday. I am at the moment mostly using python, html, and java. I hope to be a programmer one day so I will be pushing for more complicated codes. And I don't have any specific requirements expect at least 750gigs and 15.6 inch screen.
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I will be moving from home to school everyday. I am at the moment mostly using python, html, and java. I hope to be a programmer one day so I will be pushing for more complicated codes. And I don't have any specific requirements expect at least 750gigs and 15.6 inch screen.

HTML & Java coding doesn't (at the start) require much to do at all. Python I'm not very familiar with beyond that I know a couple people that know it. Given the languages you have said I would go more for CPU than a GPU for now. If you are just starting on these I don't think you will need a GPU for running your games in the near future. That said I would go for an i7 based laptop.

If you would rather just get one laptop and try to use it for a long time for budget reasons then try to find a laptop like the Dell I listed above or look for any i5 + dedicated GPU laptop. A good resource for finding out more about intel processors in laptops is Ark.
I would still recommend 8GB of RAM for any PC you go with just so you have the overhead and available RAM. Other than that , like above, I would advise sticking to Dell, Asus, Lenovo, & MSI and avoiding HP & Acer as they have a lot of quality issues.

I'm not going to list any more PCs just because its not always the most helpful to the overall thread. But I will say this, if you have the option to get a enterprise class PC instead of consumer class, I would very much suggest going that route.
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I would suggest a Thinkpad X220 or X230. You can get them for pretty good prices from the Lenovo Outlet (and new too--Lenovo has lots of sales). They hold up forever. The best programmer I know has been using the same X200 tablet for what seems like a decade and I am looking waiting for Lenovo to toss in Haswell to pick one up for myself for programming.

Edit: You won't write anything that will need a good GPU for at least two years. If you do, the code was probably not good to begin with, and again, the friend I mentioned has been using the IGP on a Core 2 Duo to do professional work for years.
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Thanks for all the help guys! I really appreciate everyone's input. I will most likely go with a Dell or Lenovo.
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Lenovo all the way man. You wont be disappointed!
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