At 7/30/09 10:06 AM, HolyTomato wrote:
At 7/30/09 09:39 AM, ThoseSneakyFrench wrote:
but then again, neither is buying a laptop over a desktop.Desktops are impractical for college, which means that laptops are a necessary evil as you get older
There is always compromise. For example, let's say I take college courses which require heavy use of 3D rendering programs. To run a task like that, I'm going to need a fair amount of horsepower, especially from my graphics card. A laptop like this would do the job, but holy hell look at that price tag. Now, the specs of a part and it's laptop counterpart are different; the laptop part is usually underclocked to fit within heat limits.
For about $900 (rough estimate), I could build a more powerful, desktop version of the same computer, and then get a netbook, like this one. As long as I only need a laptop for taking notes in class, I can do all my rendering at my desk and save a bunch of money in the process.
Now, I know I'm stretching it with a hypothetical like this, but I'm just trying to prove the DIY solution can apply to a much larger market than most people think.