New Laptop for Student?

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    When it comes to cooling -- I love how the Asus laptops have a built in 'ergo' lift as they call it. It simply lifts the back of the laptop up allowing generous airflow --

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    This unit cracks a grand but the spec is worth it --

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    drkmoore1 said:
    Lenovo ThinkPad T490 (Intel i7-8665U Processor, 8 GB RAM 2400MHz)
    Lenovo ThinkPad T14s (AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U Processor, 8 GB RAM 3200MHz)
    Lenovo Ideapad 5 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Processor, 16 GB RAM 3200MHz)
    I own a Lenovo with 8Gbs of RAM and (without much warning) the system dedicates 2GBs to the graphics chip. Can't be undone. And so really I have a 6G unit.

    To make your laptop future proof the only choice from above I'd recommend is 16GB. (I just bought a 12 GB tower and the system is simply smoother. 'Sandbox' and recording onscreen video in OBS studio is a pleasure.
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    Lenovo April Showers Sale


    The sale ends today, in 9 hours and this is a Black Friday-Cyber Monday price = 35% off.

    Students are getting an extra 5% (734.21us$/1189.00/40%).

    Chat with them or call free, 8 Core's better, but this one has a 12 week delivery schedule?

    It won't be that low in May, unless of a sale on Mother's day (first week). Next one will be Father's day 3rd week of June.

    The laptop is rated 4.8/5 by users and you get backlit keyboard. This is hard to beat mate.
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    I think the Think Pad is a good choice. It's a business-class machine.
    Avoid the crappy home laptops that break down again and again ... and land in the trash can, unusable after two years.
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    FWIW, I agree that 16 GB is the min RAM configuration I'm willing to field these days. Even if you only run 1 or 2 VMs along with other stuff, that extra 8 GB makes a huge difference. I only own one laptop with 8 GB anymore (the rest all have 16, and two have 32) and I don't use it very much. It's basically an Insider Preview Beta Channel test machine only, and I don't try to do anything serious with it anymore.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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    EdTittel said:
    FWIW, I agree that 16 GB is the min RAM configuration I'm willing to field these days. Even if you only run 1 or 2 VMs along with other stuff, that extra 8 GB makes a huge difference. I only own one laptop with 8 GB anymore (the rest all have 16, and two have 32) and I don't use it very much. It's basically an Insider Preview Beta Channel test machine only, and I don't try to do anything serious with it anymore.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Hi Ed,

    But it there any over riding reason why a new Non-gaming/video edit PC/LT can't get by on 8gb of ram?
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    Jaylob4 said:
    But it there any over riding reason why a new Non-gaming/video edit PC/LT can't get by on 8gb of ram?
    I know I'm not Ed. (At least I hope I'm not. Because multiple personality.) Know that I'm getting by with 6 on my Lenovo (because 2 is tied to a GPU I kinda never use). Had I caught that faster I might have returned it.

    (The thing is I got that laptop early on Amazon and for a song. $523. It promptly went up in price. It's still being sold for $780.)

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    (If I wasn't doing other things I should see if I could all my money back on eBay and get a 12/16GB variant.)

    I totally digressed. Where was I?

    Oh yeah -- you can get by with 8GB, no doubt. But I'd still bump it up. Windows behaves completely different. This is the update of my PC that I would recommend --

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    The Pool Man said:
    I know I'm not Ed. (At least I hope I'm not. Because multiple personality.) Know that I'm getting by with 6 on my Lenovo (because 2 is tied to a GPU I kinda never use). Had I caught that faster I might have returned it.
    (The thing is I got that laptop early on Amazon and for a song. $523. It promptly went up in price. It's still being sold for $780.)
    (If I wasn't doing other things I should see if I could all my money back on eBay and get a 12/16GB variant.)
    I totally digressed. Where was I?
    Oh yeah -- you can get by with 8GB, no doubt. But I'd still bump it up. Windows behaves completely different. This is the update of my PC that I would recommend --
    Hi,

    I get the argument for a LT and having a decent amount of ram--I get it and more so with a LT then a PC.

    But I have always had this niggling suspicion the amount of ram installed, with a new LT/PC,--is oversold.

    I don't want to put myself in a corner, I understand the concept of "more the merrier" but is it really necessary on many LT/PC machines?--I'm not convinced.
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    Jaylob4 said:
    I don't want to put myself in a corner, I understand the concept of "more the merrier" but is it really necessary on many LT/PC machines?--I'm not convinced.
    It's not quite that or I'd be advocating 32GBs. There is noticeable difference between 8 and 12, though I should add I went from a
    Gen 8 i5 to Gen 10 i5.

    What I will question is how 'wow' Ryzen really is if you're not gaming. (And I'm not.) The YouTube reviews I've watched (and that's a LOT of them) kinda speak to how the unit TAKES OFF during game. But since I'm never in that situation I find the holding pattern of my Ryzen kinda... disappoints. This Intel i5 smokes in that way.

    Not based on any benches. Just which one do I want to work in front of. The new i5 no contest. (But then I got all that RAM too.)
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    8 vs. 16 is mostly a matter of whether or not you plan to use virtual machines or to run development tools on the PC. If yes to either or both, then 16 makes most sense. If not, 8 is OK. That said, the cost of adding/acquiring the "2nd 8" is around US$100 right now so it could also be a matter of trading cost against added capability. Up to you. I didn't say the OP (or his student dependent) shouldn't go with 8, actually: I said I don't do that myself anymore. Sorry if it sounded too assertive or prescriptive. I was really trust trying to explain what drives my current buying behaviors.

    In fact, I'm planning a new desktop build right now and I'm seriously considering whether or not I want it to be my first 64 GB build. Why? Because I do run numerous VMs, have been known to set up and use RAMdisks, and also like to use the Sandbox (which is a special purpose VM, in fact).

    Hope this all makes more sense now. Sorry for any confusion or misdirection inadvertently introduced in earlier post(s).

    --Ed--
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