I am going into architecture in the fall, and I was looking at laptops, (I live in canada) So is this a decent laptop for the price, or should I get a different one and wait until "back to school sales"
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Think about how you will use it. Architecture will require a lot of graphic work and how do you display that? If the display is a small laptop, it will be hard to see. If it is large, it will be hard to carry around. You could use an external monitor at times for a larger picture. If you end up thinking you will not be carrying it around that much, consider a desktop. However, you may find that you will need to carry it around and go with the laptop.
The drives in the computers you have been looking at will likely be more than enough. Especially since so much of the computer world is turning to storage in the cloud.
16 GB of RAM is sufficient. For speed, SSD is preferred.
For a good look at the computing needs of Architectural students, please see aap.cornell.edu/.../student-laptop0