When I say gamer, I mean hardcore WoW or LOTRO or so on where you need really high-end graphics. For the Sims, an okay graphics card will suffice :)
When you one day own your own business, you will have to purchase high-end computers and pay for licenses for expensive software! On work experience I have used many very highly specialised chemical engineering programs, including ones for P&IDs as well as modelling new plant and running plant. The company has to purchase licenses for all this software.
o ok.. see I will learn all of this when I go to college! Thanks for the help!
How long is it until you go to college? I ask because the type of laptop you buy now will affect its longevity. My last one went a good three years before it just got too slow to run anything well - it only had 256 MB RAM and over three years even programs like MSN had begun to require more processing power! The current one is 2 GB and I hope it'll last a while; unless the physical body of the laptop is in trouble I'll probably just upgrade the RAM when it gets slow.
If you're looking for a laptop to use over the next three years or so, get one now. But if you're not going to need a laptop for a while, hold off on getting one so you can get a much better machine for your money when you actually need it.
If you believe everything you read, better not read. Japanese Proverb