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Old 12-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Hi I am going to college and I need a laptop for daily use and that I can use around the campus, I am studying genetic engineering if that would help. I also program a lot using c++ and java, I might game but it's optional. Well I'm down to Mac OS or windows 7 or 8. General requirements would be or more than:
500gb at 3800rpm
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15in screen
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PS: I will be on it 24/7 so long life.
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Honestly, laptops hate being powered on 24/7, unless you're diligent with cleaning.

It sounds like you're looking at something entry level to middle of the road. You might not need an i7 in a laptop unless you're going to be doing a lot of video transcoding. For programming, you can get away with an i5 and be just fine.
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I can remove the battery and keep it plugged in, should I go with mac or windows, and I said i7 because I am also majoring computer science and for now I'm planning on getting a phd so like 12 of schooling.
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you are saying that you need an I7 because you are majoring in computer science and you are planing on getting a phd...
What makes you think an I5 won't handle that?
I5 VS I7 is the same thing as saying Hyper Threading vs non Hyper Threading. it's almost exactly the same CPU except Hyper Threading.

I'll note you are not gonna see any harddrive spinning slower then 5200 rpm. so the minimum of 3800 rpm can be checked OK on any laptop.

I can't recommend mac to anyone that does have the knowledge to not mess up the system with crapware in a few weeks.
It's simply not worth the money in my book. I'll only recommend mac to a inexperienced person who has a high budget.
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I have low amount of money with high experience, what does that get me. I've heard there is weak usage of perl ruby and python on windows, is that true?
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I've heard there is weak usage of perl ruby and python on windows, is that true?
That i can't answer sense i have little knowledge in programming.
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Thanks guys, but last think can I remove and customize a laptop like a computer, and what are some hardware online stores?
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You can not buy all the mobile parts and put together a laptop.
You can however on some websites customize the specs (limited options) before buying the laptop.
The most popular online stores i have heard of in America is newegg and PCpartPicker

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I have low amount of money with high experience, what does that get me. I've heard there is weak usage of perl ruby and python on windows, is that true?
To a degree yes. I use them regularly for scripts for my job, but it's not common for most people in windows.

Otherwise Biker is right. In school, my school-issued laptop was an i7, now at both of the jobs I've had as a software engineer had laptops with an i5. In terms of compiling coding there is no noticeable difference between the two. RAM and HDD speeds make a much more of a noticeable impact. Take the money saved by choosing an i5 over an i7 and get an SSD or hybrid HDD and you'll be just fine.
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You better off going with them i5 over an i7 as i5 CPU's usually out perform an i7..
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