What computer should I get?

<p>I'm in the market for a new computer. If all goes as hoped, I will be studying Computer Science at Tech as a freshman next year. I do't want to buy a computer now that ends up needing to be replaced when I start school next August. Unfortunately, I need a new computer now so I can't wait. I am willing to spend the money for top of the line, most powerful, but I am really leaning toward a Macbook Air because of their compactness. </p>

<p>Is there anyway that the specifications of a 13 inch MB Air (4gb ram, 256 gb hd) would suit a computer science major? Or would it be better to go with the more capable Macbook Pro? </p>

<p>I'm not completely against Windows computers, but a Mac would definitely be my first choice. Any suggestions on what capabilities a computer science computer should have would be appreciated. Thanks.</p>

<p>These two links may help you.</p>

<p>Student</a> Computer Ownership - Georgia Tech</p>

<p>Student</a> Computer Ownership | OIT Frequently Asked Questions</p>

<p>Okay, thanks. Is a MBA considered a netbook?</p>

<p>I think most CS majors get pcs... not sure though</p>

<p>The most commonly used computers I see on campus are macbook pro's and thinkpads, if that helps. The barnes and noble store here sells them but they are overpriced.</p>

<p>A faster processor would also help you spend less time compiling big software projects so you may want to go with something better than a MBA. The integrated graphics on a MBA are also slow if you intend to do anything graphics intensive.</p>

<p>Edit: If you know your way around an ssh terminal then you can do like me and compile and program on a desktop off your laptop.</p>

<p>I have no idea what I want to do within computer science. I am gonna go for a MBP just to make sure it is sufficient. Thanks for the advice.</p>

<p>Most CS major guys get PC +1.... coz sometimes you need to install many different environments (linux for example) on your laptop. Thinkpad is awesome, but some guys just dislike its look= =</p>