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Need laptop (from Best Buy) for creating designs for t-shirts, creating websites, editing photos, editing videos

MoneyInMind 543 79 November 2, 2015 at 05:57 PM
I haven't purchased a laptop since 2008. I use it for email, Social Media, simple things. I've got some tech knowledge, but can't keep up with all the advancements, so need some help. I tend to have a lot of tabs open at once, multitasking.

It's an HP Pavillion dv5, Intel Core i3 CPU 330 M, 2.13 GHz, 8 GB RAM. It's fine, but gets hot fast.

I'm out of the laptop loop, not sure what's most important for what I'll need it to do (it'll also do the simple stuff too--email, etc.).

**I'm going to be taking classes in graphic design, and editing photos/videos, and creating websites.

I have to buy a new laptop from Best Buy (I have $600 in credit at BBuy--I know I may need more than that, but who knows?), and want to buy when they do their holiday sales after Turkey Day, and be a lot more informed about what laptop(s) to look for. I don't want to spend a ton of money, I'm a deal-seeker for everything.
I'll be purchasing a windows laptop, not an Apple.

***I'm also looking to see if I can get a second new laptop, sort of like the Pavillion I have now, something basic that can handle the easy stuff (for a holiday present for someone).

I saw the Microsoft Surface Pro got great reviews, but can it handle what I'll need it for?

i5? i7? something else? "M"/"U"? which type of either one? I know an i5 can have more than one iteration, and some are faster/slower, and I know the L2 and L3 cache is important (but I don't understand WHY).

I'm pretty sure I want SSD, not HD, right? I'm looking for portability, a screen larger than 14". Will a dedicated graphics card be necessary? Or not? Some people say yes, some say no, it's confusing.

Any help will be so appreciated. SD'ers helped me get my HP back in 2008, lots of research, and they answered so many questions I had. Because of SD'ers I got 2 laptops in 2008 for $336 each, and they were retailing for over $700 at that time (2008)

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