I'm going to university next year (classes start next March) so I am starting to figure out stuff like what my degree is going to be, what classes I'm gonna take, how I'm going to get to uni and, first and foremost...
What computer I should have!!!
OK. Ideally, I'd like to spend no more than $1,500 NZ. But I may have to splurge and go for $2,000 NZ. Because whatever I get will likely be what I'm stuck with for the next 5 or so years of university that I'm setting myself up for. Right now the sweet spot I'm looking to spend is about $1,700.
Now I am also open to both suggestions concerning PC's and Mac's. I also realise that prices when I buy much later will be totally different but the principals of selecting computers is still the same.
- I'm not a gamer but if possible I'd like to be able to play some casual games you know? Like even spore but that'd be a pipe dream! Something like, I dunno, Warcraft 3?
- I DO like to use photoshop. Ideally I'd like to keep the computer costs under $1,700 to allow for me to add on some accessories/software like a LEGAL version of photoshop (thinking for my needs Photoshop 7 or CS/CS2 I'd like it to be the commercial version.
- I'm going to be needing a computer to take notes in class.
- I'm a very small person with limited carrying capabilities.
- I don't plan on watching HD movies on this or anything or even DVD's most likely. Perhaps I'd like to make movies and burn them but thats it.
- I don't need a big harddrive- 100 gigs is more than enough probably.
- I REALLY want my computer/s to be QUIET. Super quiet.
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OK. So here are the different combinations I was considering-
1) Get a HP 2133. Its light, its portable, and a 8.9" screen should do the job- shouldn't it? Reviews aren't plentiful right now but it looks like its running vista, and since I'd be getting the low end model which would cost me $700 (US $500) which would essentially be a bigger Eee PC. The bigger screen I feel would warrant the purchase by far as it'd mean I could seriously use it. This would be the version with linux on it.
So thats $700. Now for $1000 I go for a desktop + LCD combo. I could get very powerful computers with dual core processors, 2 gigs of RAM, good video games etc + a 19" LCD. This could therefore be both a media PC and a very modest gaming PC. Examples are here here
So far, thats what I'm thinking is the best option for me.
2) Spend it ALL on a laptop. I can get multiple laptops on trademe for good prices. E.g. gaming laptops. Check it out here
. The downside I see to this, is that these computers are going to be a reasonable weight to lug around, like 6 pounds + or it is going to sport a small screen. I don't want to have to dread carting around such a necessary piece of equipment. I want it to be seamless and easy so I don't get put off study etc. It seems to get a portable, quiet notebook they charge you the earth. So I could invest it all in a 12 inch notebook but I will get one that is underpowered- yet portable. I also have a 15 inch LCD screen (not widescreen) that I can always plug it into if I'm at home.
3) Buy a average laptop for $1,000 and get a ultra mobile thing like the Eee PC for $600. Laptops here
for example. With this, I've got something I can take to school and around me easily to take notes, surf the web etc on the go like at a cafe or something- but I've also got my more power computer in a portable version in case I ever need to take it anywhere (do you think I'd need to? Perhaps I could just use a data transfer device) however if I don't need to cart it around, why go for this instead of the more powerful desktop? Because these are honestly pretty underpowered in comparison to the mighty gaming/media desktop.
4) Dunno about this about after rebates, student discounts etc I can get a MacBook for less than $1,700 + iLife software. Oh and this is with 2 gig's of RAM. Dunno about whether this would be a good option or not. I mean it wouldn't be video game ready or anything and I'd have to get XP for it which would mark up the cost- but whats its portability like? Really this probably is NOT the best option but for you Mac freaks its in there!
Any ideas? Thanks in advance!