Meaning: fast CPU? Maybe some RAM to keep all the data? And no need to pay for a big screen, high-end video card or big and fast hard drive?
Dell lets you configure their machines according to your wishes. So that surely will be possible.
Can you tell more on the class of problems you're going to attack? I think that some people would be saying that a 100x100 spreadsheet requires a good computational resource, while that's not exactly the same as simulating an atomic bomb, running a climate model or a model of the universe or comparing 200000 samples of DNA to find differences in a gen.
What programs are you going to use? Mathematica or so? Then check their system specs and recommendations.
I am a new graduate student and have been looking for a good laptop for a while. Btw, I especially want a Dell laptop as I read good comments about it everywhere.
My primary requirement is a powerfull laptop since I will be working on school projects requiring many computational resources. For now, I am comsidering the Dell Latitude D830 or the Dell Precision M90 laptops.
Any comments on these models or any other brands will be appreciated.
Thanks to everybody in advance.