Which Computer Should I Buy As a Tool for Cybersecurity Studies and Career Development as an IT Professional?

Hey y’all.

I need a new computer for completing my MS in Cybsersecurity and Information Assurance. I already have a laptop with i7 quad core processer, and 8 GB of RAM. I think I can upgrade that laptop to 16 GB of RAM later. Until then, I need a good machine, and if I a going to get a new machine, I may as well upgrade.

I do not want to limit myself on processing speed or RAM. I want to have a computer that can think faster than me and be able to run virtual machines, while also being able process data to create neural networks. Sure, I could use a cloud or create a mining rig. However, I also I want the best laptop available on the market.

Any recommendations from IT professionals who are more experienced than me would be much appreciated.

Here are my current considerations: (I have never had my own MAC)

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-17-3-4k-ultra-hd-laptop-intel-core-i9-32gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-1tb-hdd-1tb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/6234027.p?skuId=6234027

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-we73-8sk-17-3-laptop-intel-xeon-32gb-memory-nvidia-quadro-p3200-512gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/6261504.p?skuId=6261504

Perhaps these products above are overkill. I understand that I need to have the skills to make this processing power effective and worth it. However, I am developing my skills, and if I am going to make the investment, I may as well make it worth it and not limit myself.

I am also considering the following options, which are a slight upgrade in RAM. I have never had a computer with Windows 10 and I’m not sure I really want one. Here is where I am shopping. Any recommendations for other marketplaces with better prices would also be appreciated.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?cat_id=0&facet=processor_type%3AIntel+Core+i7||memory_capacity%3A16+GB&page=1&query=laptop&sort=price_low#searchProductResult

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?_dyncharset=UTF-8&cp=1&id=pcat17071&iht=y&keys=keys&ks=960&list=n&qp=graphicscardsv_facet%3DVideo%20Card~NVIDIA%20GeForce%20GTX%201060^processormodelsv_facet%3DProcessor%20Model~Intel%208th%20Generation%20Core%20i7^processormodelsv_facet%3DProcessor%20Model~Intel%208th%20Generation%20Core%20i9^systemmemoryram_facet%3DRAM~16%20gigabytes^systemmemoryram_facet%3DRAM~32%20gigabytes&sc=Global&sp=%2Bcurrentprice%20skuidsaas&st=laptop&type=page&usc=All%20Categories

I heard of TigerDirect back in the day, but it doesn’t seem like they have the best products or deals these days.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=17&sel=Detail%3B30_1226_59598_59598,Detail%3B112_457_145982_145982

Thank you for your recommendations.

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