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Laptop suggestion for college?

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I need a laptop for college this fall. I'd like to stay under $500 for sure on it, I'm going for computer science.

No real preferences, just the best bang for my buck.
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Dell gives you a pretty good bang for your buck. I've always liked Dell laptops. Checkout the Inspiron 15R. You can get an extra $50 off a $599 laptop right now. with this code: 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C
Dell often has great deals. The deals going on right now are kind of meh.

Here are a couple other great options in that price range: (I'd definitely try to stick with the Intel Core i3 or AMD A8 series CPUs though)
ASUS X202E
Acer Aspire E1-571-6680
Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454
ASUS K55N-DS81

I'm not sure if you need MS Office or if you can get away with just using Google Docs or something. I think you typically need proof of enrollment to get student discounts? MS gives pretty good discounts on student editions. You also might want to check with your college to see what software you can get from them for free. A lot of schools provide "free" copies of things like Office, Windows and whatever programming software the school uses. I say "free" because you are paying for it in your tuition so it makes sense to go pick up a copy of everything you paid for anyway (if your school does that of course).
Edited by itznfb - 6/5/13 at 8:06am
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STARSCREAM
(17 items)
 
SKYWARP
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-3770k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ASUS GeForce GTX550 Ti G.Skill Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830 Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green LG Bluray/HD-DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Dell U2410 Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 Black TKL w/Cherry MX ... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX650 Antec P280 CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Thunder 8 
Audio
Dell Soundbar 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS Maximus V Gene HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon 6850 G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 64GB Corsair H80 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 Ultimate Dell 2007WFP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
DasKeyboard Professional NZXT Hale90 750W Antec Mini P180 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
XTrac Ripper Logitech 2.1 
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