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I pretty much know nothing about laptops. I always end up getting something that craps out after a few years. I'm starting a graduate program in a few weeks for applied statistics. I'll be using a lot of processing software like R, Python, SAS and using large data sets, thousands to millions of data entries. A lot of websites recommend gaming laptops in this field. I know I don't want a MAC for sure.

I can across this and was wondering if anyone had experience with this one. A good bit of RAM that's expandable, newest processor, TB ssd. Seems pretty solid.

https://www.microcenter.com/produ...AM;_1TB_So

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Not this one, but its older bigger brother, the MSI GT72. I've thrown everything I have at it and can't complain. I fully expected to need a cooling pad, but so long as the vents are clear it runs handbrake just as well without external cooling. The warmest part is usually the charging brick. The closest thing to a fault that I've found is that there are no tactile edges to the touchpad. If they built this GL63 as well as my GT72 you should be quite happy.
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looks like a beast machine
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You may also want to consider a desktop and a less powerful, less expensive laptop. Desktops give you more processing power per dollar. You would generally be able to remote in to your desktop.

Depending on the school, I wouldn't be surprised if you were often running things on a department server.

Comparing processors is always useful. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
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You may also want to consider a desktop and a less powerful, less expensive laptop. Desktops give you more processing power per dollar. You would generally be able to remote in to your desktop.

Depending on the school, I wouldn't be surprised if you were often running things on a department server.

Comparing processors is always useful. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
This. If you're dealing with large data sets, you want upgradable RAM and a good processor. It's not so much that you can't get that out of a laptop (obviously), it's just more cost efficient to do it with a desktop and then buy a cheaper laptop to remote into your desktop (with either an upgrade from Win Home or with software like TeamViewer).

Also, and this one's probably just me, I've tried to do the heavy duty laptop thing twice before during school and have always had over-heating issues because I was careless and got books sitting next to the vents. Not as big a deal with desktops.
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