I've heard many good, good things about lenovo so i went over to their website and started customizing a thinkpad edge. Here's what I came up with: how will it be for college programming (entry level courses).
System components Intel Core i5-2450M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50GHz) Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) 15.6" W HD (1366x768) AntiGlare, Midnight Black Intel HD Graphics (WWAN or mSATA capable) 4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (1 DIMM) Keyboard with Number Pad - US English UltraNav with FingerPrint Reader 720p HD Camera 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm DVD Recordable 6 cell Li-Ion Battery 48WH - 75+ 65W AC Adapter - US (3pin) Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (2x2 BGN & BT4) --- they're coming!
You don't really need a great computer for programming. Unless the program itself needs a good computer to run. --- If you are good enough to anticipate the human mind, then you leave nothing to chance.
I see it has integrated graphics, how limiting will that be on minor gaming? I'd only play stuff like...maybe maple story or tibia,and some flash games. Very low-graphic games, nothing serious. --- they're coming!
Beyond fine. For the record, I used to compile C++ programs on a Pentium 4, 3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM and it never took much time.
Though if your school is anything like mine, they'll have computers they'll allow you to download IDEs to, anyway. The Visual Studio IDEs run decently well on my school's Core 2 Duos (which are now somewhat old)... the only one that sometimes lags is Visual Web Developer, which simply seems to be poorly designed. Here's hoping you don't have to use it much, haha. --- CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD