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Annoyed Student.

by Flipdan92 / March 31, 2010 4:21 PM PDT

I am looking for the cheapest laptop that could handle something I would be needing for school and personal business. My budget is somewhere from $400-800, if the laptop you recommend is higher price, it would be ok, because i could wait to save some money.

I am looking to run
Adobe CS4 Master Collection
Adobe Lightroom

Steam games:
CS 1.6

I can't find anything that is a good bang-for-the-buck

I am also looking to upgrade the laptop in the future so that I won't need to buy a new one.

Any suggestions?

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In reverse order.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 31, 2010 8:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Annoyed Student.

I don't see your price range laptop as upgradeable. Maybe you can pop in more RAM but we are already getting 4 and more GB RAM where 2 is fine today.

The GAMER LAPTOPS should see you looking at 3D chipsets with 1GB video ram. What machines in your country do you find with that?

As to price, why limit yourself? Maybe you should ask this to be 199 bucks? That is, you may price yourself out of the gamer's laptop. Maybe you need to forget games.

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Ok, Forget Games.
by Flipdan92 / April 1, 2010 3:39 AM PDT
In reply to: In reverse order.

Ok, lets say forget games then. No games at all. Just personal business.

I want to be able to upload photos from my DSLR (pentax k-x) so i'll probably need a SDHC reader.

I also want to edit videos, photos, make websites all those things will be done with Adobe software.

So what laptop is good for that? What's the price range on laptops like that?

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Literally hundreds of choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2010 3:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Ok, Forget Games.

At the top of this forum is the post with laptop pickers. I need to update that to include's site. Go there and click on laptops. On the left side put in your price and then try for an Intel i5 CPU if not a i3. Should be dozens of choices.

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by Flipdan92 / April 1, 2010 5:46 AM PDT

Can i ask what AMD is good for?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2010 5:53 AM PDT
In reply to: AMD

But I don't enter into that discussion. I stick with what I use at the office. If they get your price and more, why not?

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Video Question
by Flipdan92 / April 1, 2010 5:55 AM PDT
In reply to: AMD

Also, just found out...

What would be better for me?

Shared Video Memory or Dedicated?

Remember, i'll be editing photos, videos, and most photos will be printed. So something that will work fast with a bunch of effects at 300 dpi. Don't want any slowing down...

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For editing photos.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2010 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Video Question

My son got the Sony nw240f and it's super at photo editing. Anyone that claims video quality is a factor of video ram may need more seasoning. This is all about the display, the backlight and the video DAC.

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