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by wickedwicked / April 1, 2013 7:05 AM PDT

1. I'll be using my laptop for a lot of work over VPN. Some moderate resource-heavy stuff, but not a lot. I'm thinking 250-300 gig hard drive, probably at least 4 gigs of memory or maybe even 8. What type of processor should I aim for? When I use this for work it will be for a lengthy session (think 4-6 hours at a time, at least), so I'd like something that can run as cool as feasible.

2. Are chill pads worth it, or even good for your laptop? I've seen some mixed feedback on this.

3. Can I get this done for $600?

TIA.

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(NT) To compare let's hear what you use now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2013 7:27 AM PDT
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Currently using MacBook Pro
by wickedwicked / April 1, 2013 10:43 AM PDT

But it's aging, and work is switching over to a software suite that uses mostly PC-only programs. I've never really become accustomed to running Parallels and trying to figure out PC controls while using a MacBook, and I figure it's time to lessen the load on this machine.

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There's a lot of nice machines at that price.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2013 10:48 AM PDT

And if you get one with Windows 8, keep these apps in mind. Classic Start and Start 8.
Bob

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I paid $520 for a Toshiba Satellite L755
by wpgwpg / April 1, 2013 7:24 AM PDT
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My $520 Toshiba laptop came with a 500 GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM. It has an Intel I5-2430M 2.4 GHz processor and I haven't had the first problem with it in 15 months. I'd think something in this ballpark would be good for you.

Good luck.

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