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Laptop for development help

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This isn't directly a programming related question so apologies if i'm posting in the wrong forum. I am going to be attending a university in about 2 months majoring in computer sciences and am currently picking out a new laptop that will be used mainly for programming/game development. So it will be running programs like microsoft visual studio 2010, adobe products(photoshop, dreamweaver, flash, etc.), microsoft office, blender( or maya/3ds max/ any of those other costly ones if i feel like forking out the money). I may also be playing one or two games on it but not often.

so my question is if its worth spending $190 more to upgrade the processor from i7-740QM (1.73ghz) to i7-840QM (1.86ghz)

also if I will ever be needing 8gb of memory or would it be better to downgrade to 6GB, subtracting $95.

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Get a laptop with a big screen and relatively nice specs. 6GBs is fine, it's not like you're going to load up the entire game into memory. Heck in that aspect, even 4 GB will cut it considering I have a 32 bit cpu so there is only 3.25 GB available to me and my PC handles a most things (with the exception of the more cutting edge stuff like Crysis on full settings).

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Thank you. I think i'm going to go with the cheaper processor too. I doubt its going to be a huge increase to get the better one.

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Ehh, today's technology is incredible. My dad has bought me the 8800 GTS from EVGA and that thing was extremely powerful just 2-3 years ago maybe. Now we have Skynet performance 64-bit CPUs with 6 cores running at frequencies above 3 GHz that can handle everything on their own whereas my computer does the same with the extra graphics card and still lags. It's really incredible :)

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