Laptop for pursing a Major in Cyber Security

keven0044714

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I'm a freshman in college getting a major in Information Technology. I'm on my journey pursuing a career in Cyber Security. I want to buy a laptop good for programming (Java, C/C++, disassemblers, and assembly language, Python). I would assume that the most important part of a laptop for programming. would be the processor and ram. But I'm not sure what laptop I should purchase. $500-$800 is my budget. Obviously, the cheaper the better. If you guys have any suggestions let me know.

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coozie7

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Where do you live? The Dollar sign covers plenty of countries and prices vary wildly according to location.
I'm no expert in laptops, but in the desktop world you'd want a decent quad cored CPU and 16Gb of RAM, the quad for multitasking and the memory to give the CPU some breathing room, but I doubt you'll need an i7, an i5 would be plenty, but I'm ready to be corrected here.

And, from the Department of Obvious Suggestions: Please get yourself a good, strong backup system, HDD, USB drive/s, tape storage or an external HDD to secure your work, even if you have to purchase a less capable main system to do so. If I loose a drive it's 'ho hum I have to reinstall my games' but you know full well your system will go down days before your Finals because Murphys Law says it must be so.
 
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