I am thinking of purchasing a laptop for my studies (to run photoshop/illustrator) and am wondering where people recommend in general for purchasing a computer. i have noticed that the high st stores (currys, pc world et al) seem to only offer laptops with a performance similar to my 4 year old computer (athlon 1600mhz) for around £500 or more, which seems insane, with only around 256 to 512mb.
even though the specs seem similar to my desktop, would i see much of a difference in system performance? laptops today seem to all come with a 64-bit motherboard, my desktop has a 32-bit one. the thing is, i have upgraded my desktop pc, as it now has 1 gig of ram, a seperate sound card, and a seperate agp graphics card (nvidia fx5500). would my desktop outperform a current 1.6mhz laptop with 1gig ram, just for a general idea of speed capabilities, even if I took out the gfx? its prob impossible to tell.. no doubt a current 256mb or 512mb ram laptop would b reasonable to run any gfx programs, although prob not ideal? thanks for any info, esp if anyone has a pc for the same usage :)
high st stores for models with 1gig ram and beyond tend to be very expensive, recommend anywhere else for a similar spec and reduced price? id go for second hand but i fear that could be a bit risky.
high st stores seem to manage to get the majority of sales through higher purchase, although it can work out easier i dont really fancy paying well over the odds (double!) for a 1.6mhz laptop with 1gig of ram, it doesnt help when the outright price of most machines seems to be higher than id expected anyway :( lol
the 32-bit motherboard desktop i have at home at the moment is enough to run what i need, a laptop will b so much easier for travelling back and four :) im not so sure if purchasing another desktop would b a good idea money wise? amd alot more difficult to use on the bus :D hehe
yeah that sounds good, from what ive looked at so far most 1.6-2ghz with 1g of ram and over seem to be well over 500. anyone know where the best online stores are for price? im definately going to avoid the high st! thanks every1 for info