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#ActualBacterius

Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

This should go in the Lounge (don't repost, threads can be moved).

I recommend a laptop with 6-8GB memory, a decent processor (quad core if possible, but a nice dual core would work too), and if you can, an SSD. And a mid-level mobile graphics card if you are going to be doing game development. Make sure you get a big screen with a large resolution! There should be various options around your price range for this, I can't recommend but for instance, something like this (USD $1000) as a baseline model, default options are quite nice except the hard drive, otherwise there's this one with a lower starting cost so you can customize it a bit (I added more memory, increased the screen to 1920x1080 and added a small SSD all under $1000) but the graphics card is an inferior stepping. Of course these are just examples, I don't endorse the brand or anything and am simply making general statements about what kind of hardware you could be aiming for - although the Sager/Clevo laptops are generally pretty good.

If you are just looking for the cheapest one though you can probably find a functional laptop somewhere for $600 or less, but to be honest if you are going to be buying a laptop you might as well get one that will last you a while.

#2Bacterius

Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

This should go in the Lounge (don't repost, threads can be moved).

I recommend a laptop with 6-8GB memory, a decent processor (quad core if possible, but a nice dual core would work too), and if you can, an SSD. And a mid-level mobile graphics card if you are going to be doing game development. Make sure you get a big screen with a large resolution! There should be various options around your price range for this, I can't recommend but for instance, something like this (USD $1000) as a baseline model, default options are quite nice except the hard drive, otherwise there's this one with a lower starting cost so you can customize it a bit (I added more memory, increased the screen to 1920x1080 and added a small SSD all under $1000) but the graphics card is an inferior stepping. Of course these are just examples, I don't endorse the brand or anything and am simply making general statements about what kind of hardware you should be aiming for - although the Sager/Clevo laptops are generally pretty good.

If you are just looking for the cheapest one though you can probably find a functional laptop somewhere for $600 or less, but to be honest if you are going to be buying a laptop you might as well get one that will last you a while.

#1Bacterius

Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:02 AM

This should go in the Lounge (don't repost, threads can be moved).

I recommend a laptop with 6-8GB memory, a decent processor (quad core if possible, but a nice dual core would work too), and if you can, an SSD. And a mid-level mobile graphics card if you are going to be doing game development. Make sure you get a big screen with a large resolution! There should be various options around your price range for this, I can't recommend but for instance, something like this (USD $1000) as a baseline model, default options are quite nice except the hard drive, otherwise there's this one with a lower starting cost so you can customize it a bit (I added more memory, increased the screen to 1920x1080 and added a small SSD all under $1000) but the graphics card is an inferior stepping. Of course these are just examples.

If you are just looking for the cheapest one though you can probably find a functional laptop somewhere for $600 or less, but to be honest if you are going to be buying a laptop you might as well get one that will last you a while.

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