In preparation for going to college, I’ve obviously had to work on several different things. Most of these I’ve been able to handle, but there is always the question of what the heck computer to get, and what to get with it.
At this point, I’m considering a laptop, but recently a desktop has begun to appeal to me more and more. Whichever I get, I know I’ll use a normal keyboard and mouse, simply because I’m more comfortable that way. I’d love input on either side of that debate, it would really help this endeavor.
Power is a bit difficult for me to decide. Although I’m not a huge gamer, I would like some degree of ability to stay current, mainly so I don’t have to buy a new one. And I do play some games and fool around with CPU intensive things like fractals and image editing, so I don’t exactly want to be stingy with power. Note that my major will likely be in either Genetics or Law (I have no clue which at this point), so power isn’t necessary for my classes, just off-time.
Another issue is which operating system to use. I really don’t like Apple computers (not saying they’re better or worse, just stating a preference. I’m not looking for a war here), so that leaves some species of Windows or Linux. My leaning at this point has been towards Windows 2000, simply because I really have no desire to deal with XP’s registration procedures, and never having run Linux (and being a sucker for compatibility). Suggestions here would be welcome as well!
Graphics/sound are somewhat mystifying. I don’t see myself using any 3D rendering, or complicated photographic editing, nor do I see myself playing some game with vast system requirements. Despite this, I don’t want to skimp here exactly, so suggestions would be much appreciated in this category.
Any brands people would like to suggest would be very nice as well! I am fairly confident that if I had to, I could put one together from the raw parts, but I’m not exactly thrilled with the idea.
Any other suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!