Thank you for the replies. That certainly does help. I guess it would be better if I explained a bit more about what I will be doing.
My major is Computer Science with a focus on video game programming. Even though I may need graphics for some game programming things, it's mostly gonna be writing C++ and Java (and I think some assembly language) for my school. The school's website says these requirements at a minimum:
-Processor Pentium 4 1.0 GHZ or Macintosh G4 867 MHz
-512 MB RAM
-Hard Disk 40 GB
-CD-ROM CD-RW/DVD Combo
-Ethernet Card 10/100 Network Card Built in
-Ports: USB, Infrared, Firewire
-Video Capabilities 1024x768
-Display 14.1" Color Active
-Wireless Card 802.11g (prefered) or 802.11b card
-Windows XP Pro or OS X
I don't notice any mention of a good video card in there. That will pretty much be the academic extent.
What I really WANT
it for is that I plan to join the Computer Science club for help with homework, or play some games (especially LAN parties). Alot of guys there had mediocre to good gaming laptops with them and I figured it would be much easier to bring a laptop. Let's face it. I am not carrying a desktop, monitor, keyboard and mouse to school. I think it would be very nice to be able to fire up my laptop anywhere I am (there will usually be an AC outlet around) and do anything, including homework, internet, games
, music, watch videos/movies.
On the other hand, I figure any laptop will be able to do all those things except for the games
. So, when it comes down to it, I guess my question is, will it be worth the extra money to be able to play games anywhere? The secondary concern is outdated parts. Technology moves so fast, I wanna make sure this laptop takes me through school. I am predicting (and this is just a hunch... i may be wrong) that a Pentium 4 now will be like today's Celeron in two years. At least with a better laptop I know the parts won't go outdated......as fast.
So, that is where I am. Still torn between the two decisions. Fortunately, I still have a few months to decide and with any luck laptops or computer parts will be much cheaper