buying a laptop need help

  taja1 03:16 19 Jun 2009
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Hi am buying 15yr old a laptop and need advice.
Budget £500-£600 needs to last for 2-3 yrs as will want upgrade def before uni
The only things I know he def wants is a dedicated graphics card as he does play some online games (orange box) will be used mainly for internet browsing gcse and Alevel work not design/art ect occasional video dowmload, small amount of music storage.
He is confirmed PS3 fan so most gaming done on that also due to this blueray not required.
The laptop will mainly be at home so weight not an issue
His biggest complaint about home pc is how slow it is. it is 31/2 yrs old and shared pc so there is prob loads of junk on it that neither of us have any idea which we should get rid of.
Would really appreciate your help on this

  config_error 08:10 19 Jun 2009

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  Diemmess 11:55 19 Jun 2009

15 - University is a dangerous age to let loose on any computer.

Particularly if it is shared and most youngsters start that way.
A stage is reached when there is much confusion, little space and the whole thing can barely run at all. (You seem to be there now!)

A budget PC or laptop is all that is necessary for university or basic home use.
If you introduce games, immediately ever higher spec. is sought which is seldom satisfied by upgrading.

So a separate computer is the first step with Junior limited to using just one as his own his own.

Laptops because of their miniaturisation inevitably cost more for equivalent computing power.

Their portability and small space requirement is their obvious advantage. Their need to stay cool and have adequate battery life usually comes at a cost for gaming, unless the technology is cutting edge and a premium price.

You first have to decide what is essential in a basic unit.
Then decide between a PC and a Laptop for the previous reasons.
Then search the offers from well established manufacturers or retailers matching the specifications you have aready chosen.

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