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I am looking into going into collage soon (being this fall). If I were to go into Computer Science I would need to get myself a more powerful laptop.



  • Windows 10 Pro
  • At least 4 hours of solid battery life
  • 4 core processor (i7 would be nice)
  • 16GB of ram minimum
  • an SSD (256GB or up would be nice) + a HDD if possible (if not I could always get an external one)
  • Some sort of GPU as AutoCAD and possibly game development will be happening on this laptop
  • At the minimum a 1080p screen that doesn't look like a potato
  • The lighter the better, although anything that isn't a brick will be fine
  • Hopefully keep the price under $1500 CAD, although the cheaper the better

Most of these requirements are listed under the course information. Don't shoot me down by saying I only need 8GB of ram, or Windows 10 Pro is dumb get Windows 10 Home.

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I've got a Dell Inspiron 7000 series, I've got an i5 but there were offers for an i7 and it came with 16GB of RAM but I just bought another 8GB stick and stuck it in there. It has a spot for a hdd or ssd and then another spot for an m.2 card so you could go with a hard drive for big data storage and the m.2 for stuff you need to go fast. And it has a 4GB discrete GTX 960. I haven't run any performance tests but it works good for me and I haven't run into any issues with the games I play so far and it works good for school.  It cost me about $700 back during black friday. Here's one that might fit your needs: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PZ0EHS/ref=twister_B016VLEM5K?th=1

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Apollo: i5 4670K @ 4.6Ghz, Corsair H100i, MSI Z87I, EVGA GTX 1070 SC ACX3, Corsair 250D, 840 EVO 120GB, 1TB Seagate Barracuda, SeaSonic 520W PSU. Planned upgrades: 16GB RAM, 480/512GB SSD, new HDD

Sputnik: HP EliteBook 2570p, i5-3360M, 16GB DDR3, 256GB 840 EVO - Running Win10/Sierra dual-boot.  Future upgrades: i7-quad

Comet (home server): Atom D2500, 4GB 1066Mhz RAM, 2 x 320GB HDDs, 350W PSU, HAF-Stacker ITX, dual GbE. Cost me $80. back from the dead (mobo failure) bois


Main peripherals

- Corsair Strafe RGB MX Reds

- SteelSeries Siberia 650

- SteelSeries QcK+ CS:GO Camo 

- SteelSeries QcK+ Na'Vi Splash (Secondary pad, used for second rig)

- SteelSeries Rival 700

- SteelSeries Rival 300 (Secondary mouse, used for second rig)




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