Looking for a budget programming/light gaming laptop...

smoothbeginner100

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Hello!

I'm an absolute beginner looking to get into programming.I'm still deciding on which language i'm going to be learning, but i guess that doesn't matter.I will be programming basic apps and very basic 2D games.I prefer an IPS panel, but i guess TN is okay as well.An SSD is optional.

A dedicated GPU is prefered, since i plan to take breaks from coding since it can be exhausting.I will be mostly playing not so demanding games like Minecraft, KSP @ preferably medium settings and some online games.

As for my budget, it honestly doesn't matter.I want the cheapest one that meets the requirements i listed above.

Thank you.
 

bliq

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For an absolute beginner, no it doesn't, even if you need to compile code. And even if you were an advanced user, unless you're doing it for a job, the length of time to compile code is not a big deal. Maybe if you were compiling many dependent projects, but the only time I've seen that matter is when working for very large companies (which I do) and in that case, you'll be assigned a top of the line laptop or you'll be compiling on a server anyways.

OP, That laptop would work fine by the way.
 

smoothbeginner100

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Price looks ok for the specs honestly.But, is there a bit cheaper alternative? Just asking.
Also: is this one ok? http://www.techbargains.com/deal/436888/intel-quad-core-laptop
 

bliq

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For an absolute beginner, no it doesn't, even if you need to compile code. And even if you were an advanced user, unless you're doing it for a job, the length of time to compile code is not a big deal. Maybe if you were compiling many dependent projects, but the only time I've seen that matter is when working for very large companies (which I do) and in that case, you'll be assigned a top of the line laptop or you'll be compiling on a server anyways.

OP, That laptop would work fine by the way.
 

smoothbeginner100

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Oh yeah, thanks for asking! I doubt there will be visual modelling, just simple and plain coding, if that helps enough.As i said, i'm just a beginner.I ain't working for a large company, i'm keeping this at home as a hobby.
 

rgd1101

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depend, we use VS for our web and it compile on local pc, and a quad do help. And lucky you. we don't have the top of the line laptop.
ERP system compile on the server.
 
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