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Ok guys I'm gonna have about 5k for a laptop.  I am learning have, Android. Will be learning web programming.  I will be completing a CS degree and the a forensic computer degree.

I was looking at the alien are 17, 32gig ram, 128 gig HDD and 1t ssd.  

Can anyone suggest better?  I plan to work primarily with Windows but plan to stay dabbling in Linux.

Any suggestion are good please.
 
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I think you asked in wrong place.
 
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Dwayne, these days pretty much any laptop will be suitable for programming. There really is no need at all to throw thousands of dollars at a top of the range model. For example, I have an entry level MacBook Air that cost me $900, it's now 3 years old and still works just nicely. Your suggested laptop is a contradiction: You say you want a laptop for programming but you've gone straight for a purpose built gaming machine. These gaming machines are always really expensive and massively overpowered for general programming tasks. Don't waste your money.

I propose that you could get a perfectly good development machine for less than half your budget, which means you can bank the other half ready to replace it when your housemate spills beer on it by mistake.
 
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Dwayne Barsotta wrote:5k for a laptop


I don't think there is any on a market for such price.
 
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Is that $ £ or €? As Liutaturas said, there are probably no laptops costing £5000 or $5000 or €5000.
Are you sure the hard drive sizes are the right way round? I would have thought you would get a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.
It is probably a good idea to consider Linux; see if you can get a copy of the Linux book discussed here. Make sure to keep about 40GB spare hard drive (or SSD) capacity for the / partition, about 1GB for /boot etc, double the amount of RAM for a swap partition and a few GB for a /home partition. The / and /home sizes are minima; you can probably get away with less for swap and /boot. I wouldn't recommend more than about 64GB for / at the moment, not even if you install lots of programs.

Tim is right. You can program quite happily on a £250 Acer Inspiron or similar.
 
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Thanks all
 
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Tim Cooke wrote:Dwayne, these days pretty much any laptop will be suitable for programming. There really is no need at all to throw thousands of dollars at a top of the range model.



definitely agree with Tim, I only use a Dell laptop for programming
 
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Sorry if I was not concise.  What I meant was I have $5k American dollars I can use for a laptop.  I understand no laptop is worth this.

I'm starting to work Android studio so is would like a Pentium processor so I can use it's internal virtual device instead of a third party.  I believe the top Pentium is i7?

Next is memory. I'd like to get a good amount.  1t ssd hard drive and maybe a 1t HDD.  17" screen. As I sometimes do work in bed while the wife sleeps a back lit keyboard would be great.  

The more I researched this I realized how far out an alien ware laptop is.  

Thanks for all the input. I want to see if Dell has a back lite capability.  I have been partial to HP's but don't know how they are with programming.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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Advice: if you are going to be serious about modern web development, you're going to want a unix common line. That means Linux or a Mac (most web developers use Macs). The Windows command line will be continually frustrating.
 
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Actually, I'm less web development then desktop and hopefully Android.  But you never know.
 
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Spend $400 on a laptop with a common‑or‑garden chip. Who said you need a Pentium? Do they still put Pentiums in laptops? Are there other Pentiums with internal devices? And as Bear suggests, start by installing Ubuntu or some other Linux distribution. Spend the other $4600 on something else
 
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5k is not enough for the specs you are asking.
 
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