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    Buy a laptop

    Where can you get a good laptop cheap.
    They all seem to gouge for more memory or a SSD, anyone have luck lately?
    I know it's always the case they charge a bit more than the retail price difference, but it seems adding a SSD is $500, or moving up to 8gb of memory is a few hundred.

    I'm tempted to just buy a laptop and upgrade those components right away.

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    SSDs are super cheap - unless you want a 512mb one then you pay the massive markup.

    Dell outlet is a decent spot to hunt around. Keep in mind a 2 year old computer likely far outstrips your needs of using chrome and watching porn (just playing the odds on that call).

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    Consider a SSD for sure, it makes all the difference in day-to-day performance that you will notice.

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    What size screen do you need?

    Here's an Intel Core I5 with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD: http://www.ncix.com/detail/acer-trav...99618-1356.htm

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    I feel MacBooks are cheaper in the long run. Even a used one will likely outlast a comparable Windows machine.
    "What good is money if you can't inspire terror in your fellow man?"- C.M. Burns

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    Quote Originally Posted by indexxx View Post
    I feel MacBooks are cheaper in the long run. Even a used one will likely outlast a comparable Windows machine.
    I use a desktop for browsing and porn, bigger screen! It's a Linux machine


    Reallistically I need a windows machine for some embedded development, Keil and STM Cube (and others) only run on windows. That's why I want lots of memory (16GB) and the SSD (256), really those components are only $150 each.

    Not sure on the 15vs17", I won't be lugging it around much so I might go 17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    Haha, I couldn't imagine trying to do any serious work on an 11" toy like that. It really isn't even close to suitable for my needs.

    That being said, awesome student computer. Clearly targetted at the same market as Chromebooks.
    Last edited by MrMatt; 2015-01-25 at 01:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatt View Post
    I use a desktop for browsing and porn, bigger screen! It's a Linux machine
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    I dunno, I found getting some of the video drivers to work on previous linux distros made watching porn difficult. Maybe things have advanced with new bleeding edge distros.


    I still think refurbished ones can be a great buy: http://dellrefurbished.ca/en_CA/brow...010+4294966642

    I've had problems with Dells where the processors were big but the fans were underpowered. I'd run some models and have to put the stupid thing in the freezer while it cranked things out. True and stupid story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatt View Post
    I use a desktop for browsing and porn, bigger screen! It's a Linux machine


    Reallistically I need a windows machine for some embedded development, Keil and STM Cube (and others) only run on windows. That's why I want lots of memory (16GB) and the SSD (256), really those components are only $150 each.

    Not sure on the 15vs17", I won't be lugging it around much so I might go 17.
    16GB of memory and a 256 GB SSD will limit you to the highest of the high end notebooks, which is why you're having trouble finding a good deal. Very few people need such an extreme amount of memory in a notebook.

    It would definitely make more sense to buy something cheaper and upgrade it yourself, but you will have to do your research and make sure that whatever you buy can be upgraded to 16 GB since many notebooks have lower memory limits.

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