Which laptop would you recommend and/or suggest for me to buy my daughter who is a 9th grader in High School?

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I'm hoping to buy her a good (fair price) laptop that will last through her 4 years of HS and support my daughter's drawing interests, schoolwork, and some minor gaming interests. Thank you and appreciate your help , support and feedback.
 

Ralston18

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Budget?

Start here:

https://www.tomsguide.com/best-picks/best-laptops

While "gaming" per se is not necessarily a requirement the specs for such laptops will often support other applications that are graphics intensive.

If there are any particular applications in mind be sure to check their respective hardware requirements.

Often presented in some "minimum", "recommended", and "best" format.

You do not want "minimum" and you do want as much "best" as you can afford.
 

adinfc_fk

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get desktop, better performance for less money, I would suggest gt 1030 with some i5 cpu, 8gb ram and 120 or 240gb ssd, this PC will be good for next 5 yrs
 

WildCard999

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Live near a Microcenter by any chance?

I got a MSI GF63 Thin for $600 (now on sale for $700, originally $850) which has the i5-9300H (4C/8T up to 4.1ghz), 8gb RAM, GTX 1650 Max-Q (Solid Med-Low settings GPU at 1080P on newer AAA games at 60hz) and a 512gb NVMe SSD.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/606363/msi-gf63-thin-9sc-257-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black

It supports memory upgrades and has a 2.5" bay so she could add in a large HDD (2TB perhaps?) if needed for storage as well as the ability to swap out the M.2 NVMe SSD for a larger one. Even at $700 I think it's a worthwhile buy but hopefully it goes back down to $600.
 
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Apr 17, 2020
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Budget?

Start here:

https://www.tomsguide.com/best-picks/best-laptops

While "gaming" per se is not necessarily a requirement the specs for such laptops will often support other applications that are graphics intensive.

If there are any particular applications in mind be sure to check their respective hardware requirements.

Often presented in some "minimum", "recommended", and "best" format.

You do not want "minimum" and you do want as much "best" as you can afford.
Thank you and appreciate your feedback. My budget is around $1000 at most.
 
Apr 17, 2020
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Live near a Microcenter by any chance?

I got a MSI GF63 Thin for $600 (now on sale for $700, originally $850) which has the i5-9300H (4C/8T up to 4.1ghz), 8gb RAM, GTX 1650 Max-Q (Solid Med-Low settings GPU at 1080P on newer AAA games at 60hz) and a 512gb NVMe SSD.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/606363/msi-gf63-thin-9sc-257-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black

It supports memory upgrades and has a 2.5" bay so she could add in a large HDD (2TB perhaps?) if needed for storage as well as the ability to swap out the M.2 NVMe SSD for a larger one. Even at $700 I think it's a worthwhile buy but hopefully it goes back down to $600.
Thank you and appreciate your feedback. We live about 80 to 90 minutes from the Microcenter.
 

hang-the-9

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For art, you would want a tablet based system, Microsoft Surface is pretty good, there is a newer cheaper version you can get under $1,000. Also a higher end Chromebook would work especially since many schools use Google Docs for classwork and communication with teachers. I bought my daughter a used Samsung Chromebook Plus and she has been very happy with it, I think it cost me about $250 for it. Chromebook is a bit like the Apple products, they work great with the integrated programs but limited with overall general use like a Windows based system.
 

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