Well, for chemical engineering, you would probably running CAD programs. I dont know your budget but you should be looking into laptops with good processor (Dual or Quad) and with sufficient amount of RAM. Also having a discrete GPU would be a plus.
Yes quadcore does take in more power and its not a necessity.
id try to get atleast 3 gigs of ram, 4 would be better.
Also since its for laptop, quadcore laptops will be pretty expensive. The CPU itself is already 200+ i believe. So i think you should get atleast a P8600, which is dual core 2.4ghz
i heard vista only uses about 3gigs of ram. 4 wouldn't make too much of a difference. it won't utilize the whole 4.. maybe only 3.5gigs or something.
I think.. if you're a CHASS student, a basic laptop would be fine. It depends on what fits YOUR needs. Do you want to play games? Battery life? Features? It really depends on you. At first I really wanted a Dell XPS but after configuration, it'll cost over $1000. Then I thought about what I really need in a laptop.. figured I didn't really need an XPS. I only play CS and do school work with my computer anyway. So.. I got a Toshiba Satellite a305 series laptop. I am very happy with it. It was was half the cost of an XPS.
If you're just do school work, a regular laptop would serve the purpose. If you're an art/graphics/film student a macbook pro would probably be a good investment. It all comes down to what you need/want in a laptop lol.
more people are switching over to the 64bit version
Im currently running a 64bit vista and I never experienced any driver problems as far as i know
And yea i believe 3GB ram is enough for most people. Now if someone is thinking of running intensive programs or gaming on their computer, they would look for 4+GB
yea generally laptop lasts 2-4 years. high end laptops can stay competitive longer and low end can go obsolete pretty quickly.
Im debating on a 15'4 for about ~$1500 or a 17 for about ~$1800. I usually dont like to pay this much for technology but ones im looking at are user upgradable so when new parts come out i can swap parts.
Whiteclock, how much is that laptop? I can maybe find a better deal for you at same price