I’m a sophomore infosec/cybersecurity student with an $1200 budget for either a desktop or laptop to be used for school, ethical hacking, programming, VM, and game design on Unreal. What do you recommend I look for as far as specs and brands go, as well as laptop or desktop? Also, why do $1500 laptops come with Windows 10 Home?
The internet has recommended a mix of make and models like MSI, Alienware, Lenovo Thinkpad and Ideapad, HP Elite Dragonfly, Asus Zenbook, and specs as follows:
i5/i7 or R5… I had decided on Ryzen but am open to other options, 4MB cache, RAM 8GB or higher, SSD storage of at least 512GB, ~~deditated wam~~ dedicated VRAM or graphics card, “fast processor” how fast was not specified.
Would you change anything from this list? I am ready and not ready to drop a grand but it needs to be done. Thank you in advance and happy Easter!