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Hello guys!

 

So I am starting my major as a Electronics Engineer, so I am looking for something to take notes and such as college students do. 

Now I know everyone will say "Get this spec because of CAD" and I get it, but I actually have a really good PC at home and I feel like that would be the horsepower I need for projects.

I'm just curious on your guys' input, what device would you get for college knowing you have a good PC at home? IE a budget laptop, tablet, chromebook etc.

I am more than happy to clarify if needed. Thanks!

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A good workstation Quadro laptop (for CAD)

Budget?

prob like a p2000 and a i7-8750H.

or even a i5-8400H and a p1000

if its like 1k, 1060 + 8750H gaming laptop.

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depends on how much you're willing to spend really. Chromebooks are good low-cost paperwork machines, but can't do much on top of that. 

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Just now, Firewrath9 said:

A good workstation Quadro laptop (for CAD)

Budget?

prob like a p2000 and a i7-8750H.

As stated above, I know that CAD uses a lot of processing power, but I have that at home and in need of a device that can take notes comfortably.

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Just now, shadowr1ku said:

As stated above, I know that CAD uses a lot of processing power, but I have that at home and in need of a device that can take notes comfortably.

Dell XPS 15 then. Its a macbook but with better specs.

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I used a notebook :/

Like the one with pages and you use a pen with ink to write on.

Like a caveman.

Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.9 Ghz  | Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 |  PaliT GTX 1050Ti  |  8gb Kingston HyperX Fury @ 2933 Mhz  |  Corsair CX550m  |  1 TB WD Blue HDD


Inside some old case I found lying around.

 

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Just now, Jurrunio said:

depends on how much you're willing to spend really. Chromebooks are good low-cost paperwork machines, but can't do much on top of that. 

I'm curious on what you would do if you were in my position. My budget is probably around ~500 if it is necessary to take notes effectively.

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Just now, bleedblue said:

I used a notebook :/

Like the one with pages and you use a pen to write on.

Like a caveman.

It's the good ol tried and true device right there lol

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Just now, shadowr1ku said:

It's the good ol tried and true device right there lol

Well, it was only for 3 classes. Math where I really needed to write down all 'em equations. And then there was Philosophy and Christian Ethics where the professors didn't want any electronic devices distracting us...ugh. They were required classes so I had no choice.

 

For the others I used a cheapo Acer Aspire laptop with a touchscreen, I can't remember the exact make and model tho.

Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.9 Ghz  | Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 |  PaliT GTX 1050Ti  |  8gb Kingston HyperX Fury @ 2933 Mhz  |  Corsair CX550m  |  1 TB WD Blue HDD


Inside some old case I found lying around.

 

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3 minutes ago, shadowr1ku said:

I'm curious on what you would do if you were in my position. My budget is probably around ~500 if it is necessary to take notes effectively.

 

You can get a lot of paper and pencils for $500.

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Just now, kb5zue said:

 

You can get a lot of paper and pencils for $500.

Unless you get some mythical paper or like the rarest materials lol

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1 minute ago, bleedblue said:

Well, it was only for 3 classes. Math where I really needed to write down all 'em equations. And then there was Philosophy and Christian Ethics where the professors didn't want any electronic devices distracting us...ugh. They were required classes so I had no choice.

 

For the others I used a cheapo Acer Aspire laptop with a touchscreen, I can't remember the exact make and model tho.

I was looking at Acer models, didn't here much from their reliability.

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13 minutes ago, shadowr1ku said:

I'm curious on what you would do if you were in my position. My budget is probably around ~500 if it is necessary to take notes effectively.

I'd stick to using a cheap chromebook. Not needing to go to the library for computers is a big advantage when you don't need good hardware, while the home PC can do the heavy lifting.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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2 hours ago, shadowr1ku said:

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If you have the budget, desktop+laptop (budget model, might want a used Thinkpad)

2 hours ago, shadowr1ku said:

I was looking at Acer models, didn't here much from their reliability.

Pretty much every brand has the same reliability nowadays

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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