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Old 02-07-2009, 01:59 AM   #1
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I'm a student with a budget of $650. I'm looking to purchase my first laptop so I can learn how to use Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I'm planning on purchasing the whole Design Premium CS4 so I can learn the other applications later on.

1. What kind of CPU should I be looking for - Intel or AMD?
2. What kind of video card should I be looking for - ATI, Intel, or nVidia?
3. In your experiences, is a 15" easy to work with or should I go with a 17"?
4. Is there a specific laptop that you recently purchased that you're happy with? I might be able to go a little over my budget.


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Old 02-07-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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look at the best spec you can afford
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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Im sure that a 15" would do the job, processors and graphics card brands aint much difference really if your doing it for that kind of job, they only matter when your like gaming and stuff.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:26 PM   #4
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When multi tasking with browsers graphics code etc screen size is an impotant aspect of the job
I suggest a big screen and an additional monitor if you can afford it
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:36 AM   #5
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I'm a student with a budget of $650. I'm looking to purchase my first laptop so I can learn how to use Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I'm planning on purchasing the whole Design Premium CS4 so I can learn the other applications later on.

1. What kind of CPU should I be looking for - Intel or AMD?
2. What kind of video card should I be looking for - ATI, Intel, or nVidia?
3. In your experiences, is a 15" easy to work with or should I go with a 17"?
4. Is there a specific laptop that you recently purchased that you're happy with? I might be able to go a little over my budget.


Thank you

I too am planning on buying a laptop.. though i have no idea on which specs to find...
What is the laptop for an aspiring graphic designer like me? All i know i need like the right video card, and memory, and of course hard disk space, but i have no idea how much is enough?
As much as possible if i ever plan on upgrading i'd want that to happen like 3 yrs from now....?
And something that doesn't heat up fast... I do plan on using it for long periods of time.. A personal computer is out of the question.. I need something I can bring along with me..
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:40 AM   #6
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I too am planning on buying a laptop.. though i have no idea on which specs to find...
What is the laptop for an aspiring graphic designer like me? All i know i need like the right video card, and memory, and of course hard disk space, but i have no idea how much is enough?
As much as possible if i ever plan on upgrading i'd want that to happen like 3 yrs from now....?
And something that doesn't heat up fast... I do plan on using it for long periods of time.. A personal computer is out of the question.. I need something I can bring along with me..
You might want to have a look at the Macbook range. They seem to be the weapon of choice for a lot graphic designers.
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:41 AM   #7
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dont get me started
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:48 AM   #8
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dont get me started
Beret, goatee, smock and a macbook.
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #9
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Nothing like me... I'm shaven headed / sideburns / thick rimmed 50s glasses... not at all designery... d'oh!
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