That was my personal opinion on Intel…lol…I have plenty of NERD friends as well whom I build and repair computers with…( wait a minute members are gonna start asking me when I actually SLEEP )…not often…but anyway I and many of them just never had any luck with AMD…they are CHEAPER which will drive stocks…INTEL refuses to rock bottom the prices and only on certain processors will try to match AMD…but again…only my opinion.
to your question Joe…basically you want to look at something that will get her through 4 years of college and not leave her wondering if it will work any of the programs college may demand…so with that said here are my bare minimums I would look for…BTW…Thomas you are perfectly fine in your investment…more than enough to hande the HI industry items…
Ok…Joe…here you gooooooooooooooooo
My Preference - HP ( sorry…everything I have is HP…down to my pocket pc )
HP Pavilion Notebook PC (DV5170US)
•Intel® Core™ Duo T2300
•15.4" WXGA widescreen
•1024MB of DDR2 memory
•100GB hard drive
**HP Pavilion Notebook PC (DV5170US) **
Notebook performance: This notebook features the Intel® Core™ Duo T2300 (1.66GHz), 1024MB of 667MHz DDR2 memory and a 100GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive.
Next-generation processing: The Intel® Core™ Duo represents the next generation of Centrino® Mobile Technology-based notebook processors. This new processor combines revolutionary dual-core mobile performance and great power efficiency.
Sharp display: The 15.4" WXGA high-definition display provides razor-sharp graphics and plenty of room for your widescreen movies.
Combo drive: The double-layer DVD+/-R/RW drive lets you record up to 8.5GB of information on just one double-layer disc. This versatile drive also writes to CD.
LightScribe technology: Laser-etch beautiful labels and images directly onto your discs with the same DVD drive that burns the data—no more messy labels!
Instant cinema to go: Enjoy digital film and music within seconds with the press of the external buttons and HP QuickPlay. The included wireless remote and stereo earbud headphones will elevate your experience.
Designed to entertain: The built-in Altec Lansing speakers and integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics will bring your music, games and movies to life.
ExpressCard/54 slot: Be ready for the next generation of faster, lighter PC card expansion products. When you use the ExpressCard/54 slot, data transfer rates jump from 10MBps to 500MBps.
Go wireless: Built-in 802.11a/g/b technology gives you the ability to get connected in just about any public wireless hotspot.
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with SP 2, Works, Money, MSN® Encarta® Plus and Office 2003 Student/Teacher Edition (60-day trial), Windows® Media Player and Movie Maker
Norton® Internet Security 2006™ (with 60 days of live update)
Sonic Digital Media Plus
Muvee autoProducer DVD Edition with Burning
HP PhotoSmart Premier and Quick Play
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®