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