What is the best computer for game design

  I'm looking for insight into what the best laptop would be for someone who wants to get into Video Game Design.  My daughter is just starting her college studies, and is looking for the best bang for her buck...  I'm not 100% sure, because I am just a programmer, not a designer.  And, I don't deal with games.

  My initial though is to tell her to go with a Mac, because they are, in my experience, generally faster at compiling and processing.  And, they are really designed for graphics and the like.  But, she has always used windows based PCs.  This would be a good time for her to switch, as most of her courses are taught on Macs.  But, I'm just looking for some input from others int he community...  

Thanks!
cbastian-hillAsked:
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Bill NolanOwner, Lead Technology ProgrammerCommented:
It really doesn't matter, as long as it is has sufficient resources.  What matters most is learning the concepts, languages, various hardware, etc.  If she does that well (and most importantly, has a sincere passion for it) she'll succeed.

Maybe the only suggestion I would have (and it's just a personal opinion) is to get something she can work at comfortably for extended periods.  It is a lot of work; making it comfortable and efficient pays off.  To me, that essentially excludes laptops (input is typically not as smooth, screenspace can be incredibly valuable, etc.).  One may like to have a desktop for this purpose and a laptop as well; however, the nature of game programming is so resource-intensive that it is likely that many of the tools and resources (including art) would be hard to synchronize between the two, unless you have good source control accessible via a fast LAN.  Of course, the 2nd computer could certailny be valuable for isolated tasks.
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cbastian-hillAuthor Commented:
@Slimfinger,
   I can definitely agree with you on most of your post.  Very well put  and informative.  Thanks...
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