12-11-2011 01:19 PM
For my Computer class at College, we have to write a paper about purchasing a computer. We have $3250 to spend on a new computer and peripheral devices. We have to include all different software & software offiliated with the computer, and our reasoning for getting these things.
I want the computer that i'm "buying" to be for a college student having 4 years left. HELP!!!!
12-11-2011 01:29 PM
12-11-2011 01:32 PM
12-15-2011 11:56 AM
For graduate school, I use a Macbook Pro + iWork '09 + Endnote X5 and it suits me just fine.
Office is somehow been ingrained as the end-all-be-all wonder app for writing papers and drafting presentations. It's a swiss army knife to be sure but it's not necessary. Most people I know who use Windows often use Office or Google Docs. Mac-heads tend to use iWork, and to a lesser extent, Office.
$3k on a computer is a pretty penny--you sure you need to spend that much?
12-15-2011 12:33 PM
- Lauren, are you looking for a desktop or a notebook?
- RealGeorge, thanks for the HP monitor recommendation.
- Juan, I agree that $3K is a lot for a consumer model of desktop or notebook.
- Since she has a lot to spend and is a student, I would definitely recommended the best accidental damage protection warranty.
12-16-2011 03:12 PM
I should offer as an anecdote, my wife and I did purchase an HP notebook for our nephew who is starting college (DV7-4200 series) nearly a year ago. The whole thing was under $1k when we bought it so if performance is a requirement, it can certainly be had for a lot less than $3k. It had 8GB RAM, i5 CPU, and 1GB AMD Radeon CPU. He has plenty of power to blow on (gaming?) schoolwork for the next few years until he finishes college and buys his own computer.
12-17-2011 01:53 AM