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Hey guys, just signed up and wondering something(s).

I need a computer for college, but I have no clue about what I should get for it. I'm looking to make a simple, and durable rig. Does anyone have a rig that I could use? That or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - AGC.
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AMD is cheaper than Intel, so there's a start

Look at my rig in my sig
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post #3 of 10
Well, what do you want to do with it, and what is your budget?

(And Intel is faster than AMD, so AMD is not necessarily better right now, though it could be depending on what you want to do and how much you want to spend)
post #4 of 10
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I'd have a budget of $400-$700, it'd need ample space for all my data from college, be non-volatile, and have a pretty fast speed. I know that's a really general description, but it's not something I'd need mega bucks for.
post #5 of 10
Ok. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but I had classes. (And am about to go to go to choir, then I have dinner and studying etc.. I will check this thread again as soon as I am able) Does that also include a mouse, keyboard monitor, speakers, headphones, software like windows and office 2010, etc?

To be honest, unless you want to also game on it, I would suggest a laptop. I have a desktop, but I also have a nice laptop- college without a laptop is.. annoying. (You will be living in the dorms, right?) Desktops are great, but so is writing a paper in the library or in a lounge when your roomate is asleep- or working on a lab with someone in another building. Having to write everything on paper and then transfer it to a desktop gets old really quickly. I had a netbook freshman year and quickly realized I would need a better laptop to compliment my desktop. (Mostly because of the small screen size)

College data will not take up much space- word documents etc are small, so almost any hard drive will do.
Also, for backing up documents, and for extra features, may I recommend dropbox? I use it to back up all of my class data, and it is extremely useful since i use two computers. Also, having a web interface to access all of my data- or upload it from a lab computer- is really nice. Plus it's free for 2 GB.. (I only have the free 2 GB, but will probably buy 50 gb when I graduate. It works really well) (Obviously with only 2 GB you will probably want to avoid having your music on there.. but for documents and some images it is wonderful)
- If you want dropbox, PM me, and I can send you an invite- it will give you 250 extra megabytes if you use my invite instead of just registering. I could also give you a couple tips on how I set mine up for college use.
(I recommend at least trying it, seeing as how it is free)


What major? 1, I am curious, and 2, it can affect your computer. Humanities, or other major with lots of papers, and anything will work. Engineering, and you may need a fast CPU and a good GPU for cad work. Audio tech? That can take even more special hardware. Video production- lots of hard drive space, etc..


I am a sophomore engineering student myself.
Edited by christian_piper - 2/9/11 at 2:32pm
post #6 of 10
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Now that I think about it, a laptop would obviously be a better choice for college.. must've had a brain fart or something.
Dropbox, yeah that sounds wonderful. If I had any music to put on my computer, I could just put it on the hard drive.. no reason to have to back it up, since it's also on my home desktop.
Sorry it took me so long, had school, then work last night. How expensive do you think a decent build for a beginner would be? I have professional supervision too.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Anyways, can anyone tell me all the components I would need to buy to make a laptop?
post #9 of 10
You (sadly) cannot make a laptop without spending a LOT of money. The components are too specialized. The best thing would be to figure out what size you would prefer, then find one you like.

I like the 15" widescren form factor. My laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 with a core I5- and I love it!

Brands I personally like: Lenovo (Thinkpads only- their cheaper lines are.. meh) and Toshiba. I hear asus is good as well.
post #10 of 10
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Okay, is there a guide here to putting a computer together? I know it's off topic, but eh..
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