So, I know most experts would argue that you don't need a computer with 32gb ram, and in most cases this is certainly true. But let me try to convince you that I might need 32gb ram in my computer. In my research, as a graduate student, I work with very large spatial / GIS datasets, some of the processes can only be done efficiently memory. Even after processing raw data, the final datasets in my research are around 10gb large, so even if all the processing was done on servers I still need a lot of memory to analyze the dataset. Before starting my career as a graduate student, I worked in the private industry where I had access to servers + a work station (32gb of ram which I killed a lot of the times). I am looking to buy a new laptop, and here are the requirements I am looking for:
- laptop that can be upgraded to 32gb ram if necessary. It is fine if it initially only has 16gb of ram.
- multi-core processor (i7 preferably or amd equivalent) to take advantage of parallel processing
- dedicated graphic card preferred (can be a low budget version though). I don't do gaming.
- i have an ssd in my current laptop which I would like to put into the new laptop. So preferably, I want a computer where I can easily replace the hard-drive.
- no touchscreen. I hate those things and adds unnecessary cost.
- weight: the lighter the better which I know is a stretch.
In essence, I want a computer with lots of ram and a good processors, but no other bells and whistles which excludes most gaming laptops I presume.
Do you know of any machines?