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Buying new laptop, would like some input...

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I am looking for a computer to go off to college with, and would like some help. I am planning to become an architectural student at either Tulane, GA Tech, Clemson, or Cornell. I have looked at all of the computer requirements, and this one seems to fit all of them.

My question is, is Sony a good laptop computer brand? What other brand would you recommend. So far, the main concern I've heard about Sony is that they are pricy, and when you upgrade, you can only buy sony parts for it... I am more interested in how they perform.

Here are the specs to the laptop I was planning to get.

$1,500 ($47/month)

Standard Capacity Battery (VGP-BPS13)
CD/DVD playback/burning
6GB (4GBx1 + 2GBx1) DDR2-SDRAM-800........ I might go with 8GB, or I may upgrade later.
500GB SATA Hard Disk Drive (7200rpm)
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650 graphics with 1GB dedicated video RAM
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8800 (2.66GHz)
16.4" VAIO extra-wide HD display (1920x1080)
Norton Internet Security™ 2009 (30 Day Trial)
Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional
Microsoft Works

These are the types of programs I would be running...

AutoCAD 2009
Revit 2009
Photoshop CS4
Illustrator CS4
InDesign CS4
Microsoft Office 2008

Edited by Przy09, 24 January 2010 - 11:53 AM.

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That just seems way to expensive to me based on those hardware specs. I just quickly looked at an Alienware machine that was ~$1550 and was running an i7 Quad core processor. I would definitely shop around if I were you.
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