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    Hi, im starting a Computer Science course soon at uni. I have a desktop pc that i use for work and gaming? Is it common for students to take gaming pc's to uni?

    Oh and i also have my laptop if i need to do work outside of halls

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    My boyfriend took his desktop, its easier for a computing student to have his own computer because usually the specs are way higher than the uni ones =)

    keep in mind though some unis block steam on the wifi
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    I wouldn't say it's common but yes people do it. It's obviously better to have a high spec laptop due to the portability and only needing one machine but if you can't afford that then yeah take the PC.

    That said the uni computers where I am would put most gaming PCs to shame when it comes to work (8 core 16 thread Xeon workstations with Quadros and 144hz screens, or i7 4770 all in ones, then there's the VR and flight sim kit as well, the latter of which is fairly accessible for other uses).
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    Wait, people at uni can afford to have time for video games? I'm an avid gamer, but I coped with the thought that I will probably work my ass off.
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Wait, people at uni can afford to have time for video games? I'm an avid gamer, but I coped with the thought that I will probably work my ass off.
    As long as you put work first, well most of the time, it's fine. You end up having a lot of free time at uni as there's not much work to do for most of the year so there's definitely time to game. But yeah put it a bit lower down on your list of priorities, after work, extracurriculars and socialising.
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    (Original post by Helloworld_95)
    As long as you put work first, well most of the time, it's fine. You end up having a lot of free time at uni as there's not much work to do for most of the year so there's definitely time to game. But yeah put it a bit lower down on your list of priorities, after work, extracurriculars and socialising.
    Do you by any chance have part-time job?
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    I had computing flatmates and they brought their desk tops as they found it was much easier to do computing work on a desktop than a laptop
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Do you by any chance have part-time job?
    Not while I'm at uni, but I have a fairly intensive course and get quite involved with societies so you could argue the free time situation is similar.
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Wait, people at uni can afford to have time for video games? I'm an avid gamer, but I coped with the thought that I will probably work my ass off.
    You'll have lots of time for gaming!
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    You'll have lots of time for gaming!
    Oh, I don't think so. Rent isn't gonna pay itself, haha.
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Oh, I don't think so. Rent isn't gonna pay itself, haha.
    Ah, I lived at home throughout my 6 years at uni so I suppose I was spared that. Though, the past 2 doing a masters and working part-full time have been very difficult. Still have found time for gaming though. A beauty of PC gaming is that you can quite easily pop it up in a minute and have a quick one.
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    Ah, I lived at home throughout my 6 years at uni so I suppose I was spared that. Though, the past 2 doing a masters and working part-full time have been very difficult. Still have found time for gaming though. A beauty of PC gaming is that you can quite easily pop it up in a minute and have a quick one.
    I can imagine. I'm just worried if I'll be able to find a job to support myself, since I'm pretty much relying on my own and the support of my family. No Maintenance Loan or grants either.
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    I can imagine. I'm just worried if I'll be able to find a job to support myself, since I'm pretty much relying on my own and the support of my family. No Maintenance Loan or grants either.
    Assuming your from the same background as your course (e.g. English A level and English degree), first year shouldn't be too taxing and often aims to solidify knowledge you already have and expand a bit further. The second and third years are a step up, but not too bad. Third year is very stressful as most often courses define your degree classification primarily using these grades.
    I would try and get a part time job first year, and seek to tune it down and try and get family help increasingly for second and third year.
    Finding a job is a numbers game - but it appears that well made tailored applications go a long way.
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    I was planning to take my desktop but ultimately decided against it very recently for a few reasons:

    Easiness. I currently have two 24 inch monitors at home. Between 2 monitors, the tower, speakers and the rest of my peripherals I'm going to be taking a lot of gear with me. Factor in that I'll be coming home at various points and it's too much hassle to be moving stuff back and forth. Pooping on a train with a laptop is far easier.

    Cost. My stuff is expensive. I don't know how comfortable I'd feel having £3K+ of gear sat in my room.

    I'm taking parts of my setup (got a gaming mouse, larger monitor and speakers) but for the most part I'll be resigning myself to gaming with low specs on my laptop for a while. Which I'm totally cool with.
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    would love to take a deskop but as of right now I've resigned myself to a high spec gaming laptop. It's just too much faff tbh. My dad is the only one who can drive me to and fro from uni and he can't drive long distances so when I'm coming back I pretty much have to be able to carry **** myself. I'm content with my monitors, speakers, and laptop atm. Once uni is over i'll fully embrace that desktop life.
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Wait, people at uni can afford to have time for video games? I'm an avid gamer, but I coped with the thought that I will probably work my ass off.
    i spend loads of time gaming at uni and still get work in lmao
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    (Original post by Tai Ga)
    would love to take a deskop but as of right now I've resigned myself to a high spec gaming laptop. It's just too much faff tbh. My dad is the only one who can drive me to and fro from uni and he can't drive long distances so when I'm coming back I pretty much have to be able to carry **** myself. I'm content with my monitors, speakers, and laptop atm. Once uni is over i'll fully embrace that desktop life.
    Pretty much this, I survived on a low spec laptop and handhelds. Unfortunately, when I got a job post graduation I found I didn't have time for my gaming PC, when I got in from work I was too tired and on the weekends I wanted to hang out with my friends and so I still mostly play handhelds to this day because the games are designed for short bursts..
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    (Original post by Tokarief)
    Wait, people at uni can afford to have time for video games? I'm an avid gamer, but I coped with the thought that I will probably work my ass off.
    if you manage your time well yes there anreven soc's for gaming.
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    (Original post by ultimaterob97)
    Hi, im starting a Computer Science course soon at uni. I have a desktop pc that i use for work and gaming? Is it common for students to take gaming pc's to uni?

    Oh and i also have my laptop if i need to do work outside of halls

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    I will take mine for sure.
 
 
 
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