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Don't really like spending a lot of money to buy a laptop since it can be more expensive than just making a pc.
Is it a requirement to get a laptop for studying computer science at university?
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Don't really like spending a lot of money to buy a laptop since it can be more expensive than just making a pc.
Is it a requirement to get a laptop for studying computer science at university?
Not really necessary as it's up to every individual person whether or not they want to use a laptop at university 😉😉.
Just have a laptop at home for when you have to write up any assignments or essays.
A decent tablet that you can take notes on just as good for your coursework

Or just do the old fashioned way of writing down everything in your lectures etc.
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Not really necessary as it's up to every individual person whether or not they want to use a laptop at university 😉😉.
Just have a laptop at home for when you have to write up any assignments or essays.
A decent tablet that you can take notes on just as good for your coursework

Or just do the old fashioned way of writing down everything in your lectures etc.
Sorry, it's a bit late. I got a computer at home for writing up essays and stuff.
Finding a decent tablet to write on with the apple pen is really expensive and I don't feel like it's worth it so idk( but it looks really interesting).
Might just stick to paper-based notes, then write them up later at home. thank you.
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Buy a used fully working Dell 7390 or 7490 or HP 840 G5 or 830 G5 for under £210 off ebay or facebook marketplace.

Or write to a few IT departments in large local organisations and ask if they can give you any spare laptops for free. If you will use it for charity work, mention that to them.

Or get a fully working Dell 7470 for under £140 off ebay.

For comp sci, install Linux.

Great laptops can be had for £0 to £210.
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Buy a used fully working Dell 7390 or 7490 or HP 840 G5 or 830 G5 for under £210 off ebay or facebook marketplace.

Or write to a few IT departments in large local organisations and ask if they can give you any spare laptops for free. If you will use it for charity work, mention that to them.

Or get a fully working Dell 7470 for under £140 off ebay.

For comp sci, install Linux.

Great laptops can be had for £0 to £210.
Do you reckon laptops are worth it? I'd rather invest most of the money in making a better pc..
Why do you need linux for cs?
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Do you reckon laptops are worth it? I'd rather invest most of the money in making a better pc..
Why do you need linux for cs?
You don't NEED linux for comp sci. You can run Windoze or MacOS if you want.
But Linux is a better environment for coding, and techie types.

£0 to £210 is probably worth it overall for a laptop for your course. You won't get a lot of parts for a desktop for £0 to £210.

If you were looking at a brand new laptop for £500 to £2000+, I'd say that that's a complete waste of money.
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You don't NEED linux for comp sci. You can run Windoze or MacOS if you want.
But Linux is a better environment for coding, and techie types.

£0 to £210 is probably worth it overall for a laptop for your course. You won't get a lot of parts for a desktop for £0 to £210.

If you were looking at a brand new laptop for £500 to £2000+, I'd say that that's a complete waste of money.
Um, sorry am just gonna pass on getting a new laptop and instead focus on a new pc since I feel more comfortable with a better pc rather than a better laptop that I would feel less comfortable to use.
Do you know any good computers that are worth it on a 900 pound budget which can be either prebuilt or is it overall better to build it myself?
Only problem is I don't know how to build computers.
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Um, sorry am just gonna pass on getting a new laptop and instead focus on a new pc since I feel more comfortable with a better pc rather than a better laptop that I would feel less comfortable to use.
Do you know any good computers that are worth it on a 900 pound budget which can be either prebuilt or is it overall better to build it myself?
Only problem is I don't know how to build computers.
I don’t get why you posted this question then about considering laptops, your clearly passive on getting one, you should’ve just made the question about computers lol
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Um, sorry am just gonna pass on getting a new laptop and instead focus on a new pc since I feel more comfortable with a better pc rather than a better laptop that I would feel less comfortable to use.
Do you know any good computers that are worth it on a 900 pound budget which can be either prebuilt or is it overall better to build it myself?
Only problem is I don't know how to build computers.
Why not put together a desktop for £700 and get a laptop for £0 to £210?

Do you need a monitor and keyboard and mouse? Or do you have them already?

I think that putting together your own desktop is better than buying one someone else has built. There are plenty of guides on youtube on how to assemble desktop PC's.

I go for the cheapest used AT sized case I can get. The last one cost me minus £15 (the seller paid me some cash and gave me the case after a mistake by him). A beat up case looks less nickable for burglars.

Last time I looked, graphics cards were still stupidly expensive. The longer you can leave it, the more likely you are to get a reasonable deal on one.

Then it's down to picking a combination of used and new components to assemble the best overall desktop for what you're happy to pay.

With you studying comp sci, the only reasons I can think of for you having a desktop as well as or instead of a used premium business laptop is if you will be doing video editing (eg for a youtube channel), or playing games. If it's for playing games I'd suggest you think carefully about this, because as a student, video games are addictive and they are huge time drain.
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I don’t get why you posted this question then about considering laptops, your clearly passive on getting one, you should’ve just made the question about computers lol
lol, my mom wanted me to get a laptop
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Why not put together a desktop for £700 and get a laptop for £0 to £210?

Do you need a monitor and keyboard and mouse? Or do you have them already?

I think that putting together your own desktop is better than buying one someone else has built. There are plenty of guides on youtube on how to assemble desktop PC's.

I go for the cheapest used AT sized case I can get. The last one cost me minus £15 (the seller paid me some cash and gave me the case after a mistake by him). A beat up case looks less nickable for burglars.

Last time I looked, graphics cards were still stupidly expensive. The longer you can leave it, the more likely you are to get a reasonable deal on one.

Then it's down to picking a combination of used and new components to assemble the best overall desktop for what you're happy to pay.

With you studying comp sci, the only reasons I can think of for you having a desktop as well as or instead of a used premium business laptop is if you will be doing video editing (eg for a youtube channel), or playing games. If it's for playing games I'd suggest you think carefully about this, because as a student, video games are addictive and they are huge time drain.
my pc currently is not the best and can't handle the addictive games soooo
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Why not put together a desktop for £700 and get a laptop for £0 to £210?

Do you need a monitor and keyboard and mouse? Or do you have them already?

I think that putting together your own desktop is better than buying one someone else has built. There are plenty of guides on youtube on how to assemble desktop PC's.

I go for the cheapest used AT sized case I can get. The last one cost me minus £15 (the seller paid me some cash and gave me the case after a mistake by him). A beat up case looks less nickable for burglars.

Last time I looked, graphics cards were still stupidly expensive. The longer you can leave it, the more likely you are to get a reasonable deal on one.

Then it's down to picking a combination of used and new components to assemble the best overall desktop for what you're happy to pay.

With you studying comp sci, the only reasons I can think of for you having a desktop as well as or instead of a used premium business laptop is if you will be doing video editing (eg for a youtube channel), or playing games. If it's for playing games I'd suggest you think carefully about this, because a student, video games are addictive and they are huge time drain.
am just scared to build a computer because i have no idea, it sound complicated with the thermal paste and stuff. I don't want to waste money and mess up y'know especially when i dont have a lot of money
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You don't NEED linux for comp sci. You can run Windoze or MacOS if you want.
But Linux is a better environment for coding, and techie types.

£0 to £210 is probably worth it overall for a laptop for your course. You won't get a lot of parts for a desktop for £0 to £210.

If you were looking at a brand new laptop for £500 to £2000+, I'd say that that's a complete waste of money.
How much gigabytes should the laptop have if I were to get it and same with computer? Would 8gb be good enough?
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my pc currently is not the best and can't handle the addictive games soooo
As a student - you will get far more out of your 3 years at uni if you're out socialising all the time instead of in your room playing Fortnite.

What exactly do you have at the moment for your desktop computer?

Most of my desktop is 12 years old. It's fine for my needs and faster than the desktop that a friend bought last year.

It could just be that there's the odd part you could upgrade to bring it up to speed.

And yeah 8gb is plenty. My daily laptop, that I'm typing this on is 11 years old and has 2 gb. It's lightning fast for what I use it for.
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I don't own a laptop since I write notes by hand (though I could/could have latexed them) and only really worked in my room, or went to the library to use a PC there. I'm not sure how convenient this is for most other people.
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I don't own a laptop since I write notes by hand (though I could/could have latexed them) and only really worked in my room, or went to the library to use a PC there. I'm not sure how convenient this is for most other people.
Okay, that is pretty convenient way of studying. Thank you
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As a student - you will get far more out of your 3 years at uni if you're out socialising all the time instead of in your room playing Fortnite.

What exactly do you have at the moment for your desktop computer?

Most of my desktop is 12 years old. It's fine for my needs and faster than the desktop that a friend bought last year.

It could just be that there's the odd part you could upgrade to bring it up to speed.

And yeah 8gb is plenty. My daily laptop, that I'm typing this on is 11 years old and has 2 gb. It's lightning fast for what I use it for.
Not going to make much friends at uni considering the fact I won't be living at campus and instead at home.
Uses: not much, just playing games(nothing to do currently) or just studying
this computer takes like 6-7 minutes to boot up and to turn it off I have to turn off the power to the internet router so it's really annoying..
sometimes there is delay too and a bit of lag in bootup and it affects my productivity a bit and feel a bit sad using this computer...
Probably is better to go out and socialise but not much to socialise about anyways..
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Not going to make much friends at uni considering the fact I won't be living at campus and instead at home.
Uses: not much, just playing games(nothing to do currently) or just studying
this computer takes like 6-7 minutes to boot up and to turn it off I have to turn off the power to the internet router so it's really annoying..
sometimes there is delay too and a bit of lag in bootup and it affects my productivity a bit and feel a bit sad using this computer...
Probably is better to go out and socialise but not much to socialise about anyways..
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Without doubt it's better to go out and socialise. You socialise at uni to build up your social skills. And to make friends. 1 or more of which may become your sexual partner.
If you can, please look again at the options you have to go to a uni away from your home city.

For the long boot time, buy an SSD for £35ish brand new. Fit that to your desktop in addition to your existing mechanical hard drive, install Windows on that drive and set the bios to boot off that drive. This will bring the boot time down to 20 to 30 seconds depending on how long it spends in POST.
As soon as you've installed Windows, debloat it. Google for how to do that.

Then after that, be very careful about what programs you allow to auto load on boot-up. Stuff like Discord can be really annoying for kicking in with a load of stupid tests on boot-up.

What CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card does your desktop PC have?
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Without doubt it's better to go out and socialise. You socialise at uni to build up your social skills. And to make friends. 1 or more of which may become your sexual partner.
If you can, please look again at the options you have to go to a uni away from your home city.

For the long boot time, buy an SSD for £35ish brand new. Fit that to your desktop in addition to your existing mechanical hard drive, install Windows on that drive and set the bios to boot off that drive. This will bring the boot time down to 20 to 30 seconds depending on how long it spends in POST.
As soon as you've installed Windows, debloat it. Google for how to do that.

Then after that, be very careful about what programs you allow to auto load on boot-up. Stuff like Discord can be really annoying for kicking in with a load of stupid tests on boot-up.

What CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card does your desktop PC have?
Well, it's too late to think about unis now..
Can't really add things to the pc since it's an all in one monitor and it doesn't have any motherboard...
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Do you reckon laptops are worth it? I'd rather invest most of the money in making a better pc..
Why do you need linux for cs?
you do realise that some courses require a specific OS or piece of software. The PC might be worth it but portability is everything. You may save a bit of money but think of the sacrifice, using paper based notes will set you back. is it worth it?
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