Picking a decent laptop to last me through High School?

Picking a decent laptop to last me through High School?

Aug 5, 2017
So, because the 10+ year old piece of shit I'm typing on is no longer capable of completing schoolwork in record time, my dad wants to get me a new laptop to last me through High School. I'm trying to go for something with a bit of power, but preferably under $1k in USD. Right now, I've been looking at computers with core i7s and NVIDIA graphics chips. These are the ones I've considered so far:




For my studies, at the minimum I need to be able to cleanly run Finale (high end music composition software, I'm a music major), MS Paint (a.k.a God's Gift to Humanity), and basic office suite stuff like Google Docs, or the Libre suite without hiccups. I also may want to play games at a hobbyist level, so I'm also looking for something with preferable 2.5+ Ghz of processing power, 8GBs of RAM or more, and a dedicated graphics card. Thanks in advance for your help!

» 6 Answers

  • Felek666
    Aug 6, 2017
    Ignore Intel unless you want underclocked economic crap.
    Look for AMD instead, Intel is only good if you're willing to waste +$800.
    Why AMD? They atleast have good balance between CPU power and GPU power and aren't that expensive like Intel.
  • Sora Takihawa
    Aug 6, 2017
    like @Felek666 said avoid intel if its possible. AMD is better
  • gnmmarechal
    Aug 6, 2017
    Finale is nice.
  • Pikm
    Aug 7, 2017
    @Felek666 Is there much of a difference between NVIDIA graphics cards and AMD? I've been trying to find a laptop with an AMD processor but NVIDIA graphics, and I've not had much luck.
  • Pikm
    Aug 7, 2017
    I've also been looking at the Acer gaming laptops, like this one https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-Helios-GeForce-G3-571-77QK/dp/B06Y4GZS9C/
  • SSQ
    Oct 24, 2017
    Do what I did choose an HP 2000 laptop lasted me for like i think 5 years only reason it broke was caused i accidentally ripped the HDD connector off.