Hello everyone, I'm new here as a member but I've come across a few times to confirm answers on lab reports and so forth. I am entering Aerospace Engineering next year (it's a full undergraduate program at the university I will be attending), and I was wondering exactly what kind of power I will need. I'd like to note that I am very good with computers and can understand computer talk that 90% of the public won't, so don't be shy . I have a few configurations set, my favourite so far being an HP with an AMD Phenom II quad P920 running at 1.6 GHz (I'm an AMD follower), 4 GB RAM, and a HD 5650 at 1 GB. Wish the hard drive was solid state... I'll probably be putting Linux on my laptop despite its make. I am very strict on taking notes by hand, but I know I'll probably need a good laptop. I picked a good GPU because I'm a gamer (I know I won't have free time, but for Christmas break and summer, etc), but also because I could configure it to run as a parallel CPU. So, do I really need all this power, or should I tone it down? Or is this a good range? Thanks everyone!