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Old 12-08-2013, 06:34 PM   #11
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You better off going with them i5 over an i7 as i5 CPU's usually out perform an i7..
Did I just read that right? I've never seen proof to that, always the other way around. The idea here is that he won't see any difference in performance due to what he's doing with the laptop.
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Yeah BK are pretty much wrong in that statement.
I7 has greater or equal performance. not the other way around
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #13
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Gaming with MAC.. you into that?
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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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PS: I will be on it 24/7 so long life.
Well, pointing to the roots of this thread, I have a few comments to make.

1.- I don't know what software will you use in genetic engineering, so I can't recommend MAC or Windows up to this point

2.- HDD is fine. Mine is 320GB and I have my old laptop's HDD (R.I.P my friend >: ) as an external unit because I work in lot of places and sometimes is better for me to have my data in my pocket. About the RPM, most of the laptops today have hard drive disks at more than 4200rpm

3.- RAM. Ding dong! Here comes the funny part, if you have enough money to spend I would put a bit more of emphasis in the RAM. Sometimes it will determine if the lap will work flawlessly or not and 4GB should be the MINIMUM.

4.- CPU. Core I5? Ok, it's a fine CPU and integrates the intel HD graphics. If you will not use it for gaming and the lap has no dedicated graphic card it will be ok. Core I7 might be a bit too much for the lap and knowing that it will be ON 24/7/365 days per year because it produces a bit too much of heat. Even a Core I3 may be good for you.

5.- SO. MAC or Win? Or GNU/Linux? This question is for another topic and might be the root of a lot of senseless discussions in this thread.

6.- Scripting. Perl, ruby and python have their respective interpreters in Windows the same way they have in MAC OS. No big deal. If you are going to use it to code your own apps you should have no problems with that.

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Okay, if I were you I would ask your teachers and the personnel at charge of your genetic engineering faculty what software do they use and obviously in which OS are running them. That would be a better information about what laptop you should buy than everything I post in this thread.
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Thanks guys for all your help
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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.
What? Mess up a mac with crapware in a few weeks? Only recommending a mac to an inexperienced person with a high budget makes no sense to me.
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I should have explained that better. i meant:
I can't recommend mac to anyone that does have the knowledge to not mess up Windows with crapware in a few weeks
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Sorry biker still making little sense.

As for the OP, an I5 should be amble for what you need. I would do as others have suggested and get a super fast HDD or SSD. And as for the RAM aim for 8GB.

If you are going to get Windows try and get 7 as Windows 8 is rubbish. Have a look on some of the manufacturer websites like HP and Acer and start to get an idea of cost and spec.

If you see something you like post the link and someone will have a look for you.

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Sorry biker still making little sense.
It DOES make sense. It's a personal opinion.
I simply can't recommend mac to people that have enough knowledge to maintain windows.
I'll only recommend mac to people who are inexperienced using a computer and has a high budget.

Some other people might be able to recommend mac... but I can't due to personal opinion.
it's not that hard to understand
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No now it makes sense. Why waste someone's money when they can use Windows. And I have to say I agree with you.

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