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Computer for Uni?

Discussion in 'General Software & Hardware Forum:' started by L126, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. L126

    L126 New Member

    Hi, I'm (hopefully!) starting university in September, studying Graphic Design. I've asked at the interview if I was expected to get a Mac and they told me no I wouldn't need one until the 4th year of the degree, so I'm after a PC. I have a few questions:

    1) Would I need a laptop or desktop? I'd prefer a desktop as it's easy to upgrade and in my experience of laptops, will be more reliable (however of course if a laptop is more appropriate then I will have to go with one).
    2) Do you need a decent graphics card? If so, what's the bare minimum?
    3) Is an i5 processor with 4gb+ of RAM and 1TB hard drive decent enough?
    4) Should I wait for Windows 8, or is Windows 7 good enough?

    Also I'd be grateful for any other advice regarding this area, thanks everyone :)
  2. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Buy what you can afford. If the course tutors have suggested that you don't need a Mac till year four, read that as you don't need a computer capable of running the design software till year four. You will probably find that the first 2 years consist of maybe a couple of hours a week basic training in Illustrator, Photoshop etc... and the rest of the course will be problem solving, creative thinking and experimenting with more artistic mediums.
  3. Edge

    Edge Active Member

    If you have the spondoolicks then above sounds good though windows 7 is fine, you don't have to have a 1TB hard drive as you probably need an external hard drive anyway for backups and you could store stuff on that. I'm pretty sure that laptop would be the better option just for flexibility. I have a dell xps I've been using for years now and a good war horse that's lasted me well.
  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Don't forget, if you are going ahead and buying a machine, you need to factor in £300 for a student edition of Creative Suite.

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