I've narrowed my choice down to two model types, but I'm not particularly sure which model to go with and which options would be most useful to me. I'm trying to get a laptop that would be good for general use and also for games. I'm in college, so "general use" amounts mostly to writing papers and installing/using the occasional mechanical engineering program (3-d modeling, MATLAB, etc.). As for games, I'm not an intensive gamer (mostly WoW if I have time for it), but I do want a system that could handle most things that are newly released.
are the two laptops that would work best for me. Other than the price and the video cards, I do not see any differences between these two (Unless I am missing something).
Basically, if the video card is the only difference between the two models, then how significant is the difference between these two cards?
In regards to system specs, what should I try to aim for? A friend recommended the following for me, but I'd like to make sure that these are reasonable specs to aim for:
"Having a dedicated video card as opposed to one integrated with the motherboard.
having 2 gb of RAM
large screen size
200 gb hard drive
64 bit dual core processor, at least 2.0 ghz
Vista Professional as opposed to home premium (more features with professional.
office 2007 professional."
Since both laptops seem to have options that go beyond what my friend recommended, I'm not really sure how far I should go with each option. If anyone has advice on this, it would be welcome.
Finally, are either of these two models known for being defective in any way?
I'm sorry if this is a somewhat stupid post; I really don't know much about computer specs.