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    I agree 3000 to run that is a joke. My Athlon x64 with only 1GB of RAM runs Solidworks really well. You could probably build somehting to run that stuff fine for $1k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2 View Post
    I agree 3000 to run that is a joke. My Athlon x64 with only 1GB of RAM runs Solidworks really well. You could probably build somehting to run that stuff fine for $1k.
    1GB is the recommended ram for solidworks. 3GB for Autocad. We aren't talking about the same things.
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    This semester my Stats book was given to me by a student who just took the class last semester. (I helped her out last semester by giving her photocopies of the pages she needed from a solutions manual I had that she couldn't find anywhere to buy.)

    My Calc II text is part of the same book I used for Calc I.

    My GIS lab book was borrowed from another student. I haven't bought the lecture book yet, I'll look online or borrow it.
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    Well, Solidworks is a pretty demanding application, especially when you use some of the add ons. I ran autocad mechanical desktop without any trouble at 1GB. Even if it required 4GB, I could get all of that for 91 dollars if I wanted to:
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    Well what you're telling us though, is the $3000 computer isn't technically required, it's just a very significant convenience. I'm guessing you're studying architecture, not engineering? I can't imagine a reason for an engineering program to need such heavy duty graphics capability. The next version is always just around the corner, so there's little sense catering to the latest version in school. Schools should be teaching the principles of the programs, not the fine details.
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    I lucked out with books this semester. I ony paid about $78 for 4 classes. My italian course uses the same book from last semester. 2 of my psych classes don't have textbooks but they have handouts that I have to print out. So, I spent $78 on only one class. In the past I had to pay close to $800 for one semester of bucks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2 View Post
    And does anything actually change when a new edition is released? For example, the book I had to buy for macroeconomics was on it's 10 edition. Now I can find the 9th edition for 20 bucks! The professor really makes it clear that it *has* to be the newest edition, but I wonder if anything really changes. I bought the 2nd most recent edition of a textbook last year, and I ended up doing pretty well on that test.
    I have been saying the same thing. I bought the physics book NEW last semester. They had none used. I had too heavy a course load and dropped physics. I'm taking it now, and they've released a new edition that you have to buy. So, last semester was a new book everyone had to buy and this semester is a new book everyone had to buy. I didn't buy the new book.

    Here's the kicker. I've compared the books. They're the same text in the chapters. The only difference is that the questions at the end of the chapters are rearranged. THAT'S IT. Who does this? Wiley does it. They make the university buy a new book every semester. So, why do they go along with it? The costs get passed on to the students. It's a huge scam.
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    Do you got any friends that live in India/SE asia? If yes, get them to get books for you. I have bought softcover text-books for $6 compared to the $80 that is costs here. You probably cant find everything there but your generic 101 course books and Engineering books are found aplenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
    Do you got any friends that live in India/SE asia? If yes, get them to get books for you. I have bought softcover text-books for $6 compared to the $80 that is costs here. You probably cant find everything there but your generic 101 course books and Engineering books are found aplenty.
    +1, as long as you don't care about their longevity.. all of the "international" copies I've seen are printed on newsprint.

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    Back in my college years, I only bought 3 books: Calculus (Leithold), Strenght of Materials (Beer&Johnston) and Fluid MEchanics(Streeter). In my graduate studies I bougth no one. Therefore I spent so much time in library
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordFoo View Post
    +1, as long as you don't care about their longevity.. all of the "international" copies I've seen are printed on newsprint.
    rly? I have seen a few off color copies but by and large they were all all standard softcover on white paper. Then again YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iqaro View Post
    Back in my college years, I only bought 3 books: Calculus (Leithold), Strenght of Materials (Beer&Johnston) and Fluid MEchanics(Streeter). In my graduate studies I bougth no one. Therefore I spent so much time in library
    Mechanical Engg eh . Knew a few of those people with the exact text book combos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iqaro View Post
    Back in my college years, I only bought 3 books: Calculus (Leithold), Strenght of Materials (Beer&Johnston) and Fluid MEchanics(Streeter). In my graduate studies I bougth no one. Therefore I spent so much time in library
    Well, the professors were wise to that tactic when I went. The required books were mysteriously unavailable during the semester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    1GB is the recommended ram for solidworks. 3GB for Autocad. We aren't talking about the same things.
    my computer at work has 2 gigs of ram, and runs Autocad and ALD just fine.

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