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College student in need of power user laptop.

sirDavid 1,771 213 September 11, 2016 at 11:52 PM
I'm a Mechanical Engineering major, so I will be using 3D modeling software etc. I noticed a deal recently for what I think was a ThinkPad. Its features were absolutely PERFECT. Latest i7, discrete GPU, SSD and HDD, backlit keyboard, full HD display, etc. Of course, however, the price was way too high at $800 (I have a maximum of $550 available).

I've read that the inclusion of Windows operating systems is expensive for manufacturers, so I was wondering if maybe there was a way to buy a similar laptop minus the OS. Also, I won't absolutely need the laptop until a few more weeks, so should I wait for Black Friday and look then? If so, where? Thank you for any help. Replies (if any) don't have to be long. Anything helps.

Edit: another thing I have in mind is buying a very cheap chromebook for word documents and such on the go and then build or buy a decently powerful desktop. I understand that laptop components are merely "watered down" versions of their desktop counterparts. I've seen comparisons (benchmarks) between Nvidia GPU's on desktops and their "m" versions on laptops and the results are very favorable for the desktops. Please let me know what you think.



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