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Brandon
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For Christmas I was thinking for asking for the windows surface but I don't know if there are any better computers that I might like?

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It depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a gaming computer?

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Yes but I do not want to buy a high dollar gaming computer because I will also want it for robotics and school.

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If you are looking for a computer that can be used for robotics and gaming at the same time! you would want to go for a Alienware laptop. But, usually, those are way up high in terms of pricing. Also, I do not know of you being able to build your own laptop so that is a void option. Also, here is one thing about gaming computers. Gaming computers are basically a tag given to computers with high amount of RAM, VRAM, fast multicore processors, and powerful graphic cards. But, just because you have those doesn't mean you have a "gaming computer". Gaming computers that are store bought come preloaded with software such as GeForce experience or Realtek audio driver. Sometimes, they even come with graphic card over-clocking software. These software enhance your gameplay. One thing to remember, the graphic card is the single most expensive component a computer. That means, if you want to run very powerful games at 60 FPS, you have to have a powerful graphic card. I know of one graphic card that is not expensive and it has a graphic card that can run any game at 40 FPS at maximum graphics. This excludes Skyrim with a trillion mods. Also, antialiasing is hard on the graphic card. This graphic card is the GeForce 650, not the 650 TI Boost. Building your own computer might be more expensive, but, sometimes, when you tailor it to your own liking, it can be less expensive. So, just leaving you with a final thought; for a gaming computer (which is better than normal computers at any task, including programming and such), you want a powerful graphic card (GeForce GTX 650), at least a 6 core processor (usually only a tri core processor with hypertreading technology), 6 GB of RAM (most gaming pcs have 16 GB), and a hard drive of 1 TB (preferably a SSD hard drive). So, configure it to your taste. I built my own computer, but, if you don't want to build one yourself, this is the one I bought from Best Buy, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/shockwave-desktop-16gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1625452.p?id=1219058143323&skuId=1625452&st=pcmcat287600050002_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=8#tab=specifications
This PC has 8MB on cache level 3 and has a good type of RAM. Also, the 650 graphic card supports Shadowplay. The 700 series of GTX graphic cards support speed boost technology. Bit, those are expensive. This is the computer that I would recommend, but, it is not a laptop.

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A few points
A gaming computer is just a computer with a decent graphics card/processor. Anything else added to it is just extras.
Plenty of places sell custom laptops for gaming that are not alienware(which tend to be overpriced imo)
I actually find that my processors tend to run for the same price or more than my graphics card(maybe graphics cards just go on sale more)
That graphics card would work, but for the processor six cores are absurdly expensive, especially if you are buying intel(which doesn't even sell them for laptops I don't think). An i5 in one of the recent generations (3xxx or 4xxx) is plenty for most gaming computers(though I prefer an i7 for faster code compilation). 6gb is kind of an odd number for RAM but it works I'd advise 8gb and get more only if you think you'll be doing really memory intensive tasks like some multimedia work or running Virtual Machines. A 1tb SSD is so absurdly expensive it isn't even funny(it is more expensive then my gaming computer with 3 monitors, keyboard and mouse). Go with whatever size you think you'll use. I find that most people would be fine with 500gb, but it depends on how much space you need.
If you decide to get a desktop I can help you find a parts list, but it sounds like a laptop is a better fit for you. Then it really depends on your price range and needs where you should look and what you should buy.

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well Brandon, it all depends on your price range my computer (built it my self) was 700$ and I can run skyrim at 60 fps no lag highest settings so again all on your price range.

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I didn't say 1 TB SSD first of all. Second, it is not 6 cores. It is only three cores with hypertreading technology which increases it by 85% in terms of cores and efficiency. And, basically, you repeated what I said and you are giving out false information. I posted a link to what I think is a great gaming computer and it is only $889. And, for a gaming computers, that is not absurdly expensive.

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I'm sorry I must have read wrong. It just seemed like you were suggesting a 1tb SSD.

There is no 3 core hyperthreaded processor... The hyperthreading is with the dual core i5's(two simulate 4 cores) or with i7's which are quad core(so 8 simulated)

What false information did I give out? I'd be glad to edit it out of my post if you can point it out. Everything I said was correct to the best of my knowledge.

$889 isn't bad for a gaming computer. I spent $1100 on mine and it runs games at 40+fps(60+ on anything older like skyrim) at 3x1080p. There are a few small things that could definitely be improved with that computer though. I would prefer an intel processor, but truly that probably doesn't matter since it isn't the real high end where intel really matters(and AMD tends to do a little better on performance at price). It uses SATA II which is much slower than the newer SATA III(though with a HDD you might not notice the difference unless it's high end). It also doesn't specify the RAM speed which suggests it might be slower(though you won't notice that much most of the time). Finally it runs windows 8 which I personally don't like, but shouldn't affect you too much as it is not as terrible an OS as some people make it out to be. All in all a good computer though you could build better for the same price.

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Ashwin, 60 fps? My CPU only reaches 6...
Yes, I know my CPU is terrible, I am also getting a new computer too. A gaming laptop.

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I actually think I should correct myself on the SSD thing. 1tb SSD's are great(cheapish now too ~550). I just got one and my computer runs a lot faster now.