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Recommended Laptop for Animation

by Mephistophele / November 2, 2012 3:38 AM PDT

I need a new laptop as my one is completely buggered now. I'm an animation student working with a lot of adobe programs.

I'll be using this laptop every day for animation, rendering, internet usage, as well as general usage.

From what I know it needs at least a 1GB graphics card, and an intel quad processor. (and probably over 4GB of RAM)

My budget is any where from 500 to 800 pounds unfortunately.

My current laptop has a huge problem with over heating, despite how much you clean it. So a reliable laptop brand would be helpful too.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear.

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Why the quad?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2012 2:40 PM PDT

I'm sure you've read things like the following.

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. ",3106-4.html

So a nice i5 with a nice GPU and you'll avoid the usual 2 year life span of gaming laptops. It's mostly because folk call a laptop dead if it needs repairs and just like a high end sports car, your usual i7 gamer laptop is going to need work sooner than the vanilla machine.

And then you have folk that don't realize that a current i5 machine is light years ahead of a machine from 2 years ago.

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by Mephistophele / November 4, 2012 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Why the quad?

I got suggested the quad by a couple of friends on the course. I'm not entirely clued up on laptop specs, all I know is i need a laptop that wont die when I run three adobe programs at once.

I've been looking at i5's though, it's just hard to find a decent laptop at a price a student can afford. Contrary to the technological world and lecturers beliefs, not all of us can afford to buy things or borrow money off parents.

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Won't die?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2012 1:11 AM PDT
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As a demo one of our office netbooks has Visual Studio loaded up on it. It does not "die" when we send it off to load VS and do a debug session. It does however get very busy for 15 minutes and then it finishes and you can use it.

That's not dying.

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by Mephistophele / November 4, 2012 6:17 AM PST
In reply to: Won't die?

When I say die; I refer to the blue screen of death. My current laptop is not built for animation, therefore if you do too much on it (as is required of my course come deadlines) it will blue screen, or shut down, or go through a strange array of technological suicide attempts.

Hence why I was worried about what I'd need in a better laptop. More RAM, better graphics for smoother running, a faster more capable processor etc etc. I can't afford a full blown new Desktop, so a Laptop is my next option as even my current ('dying') laptop can handle five times as much as my current Desktop.

Laptops have been more reliable for me in the long wrong, however I've never been sure as to reliable brands and hardware.

As a student I'm pretty poor, so I cant fork out for £900 or over £1000 laptop or desktop...even £800 is pushing it. But all my searches lead me to them. So I came here for advice.

And as you've said, and i5 processor is ample enough than the most recent, so it opens up more options.

If it makes it any clearer how much my laptop suffers you can check its specs out Here.

It's done excellent for a 3 year old laptop, with 5 repairs and counting on it. 12 Blue screen incidents, several billion fan cleans and software removal, as well as hardware replacements.

But as much as it is like a 'loyal dog' to me. It wont last much longer. And this is my final graduate year, I can't risk this laptops life ending on me.

So as asked: If you have any advice or recommendations for what's good, but not necessarily "top notch", it would be helpful and I would be grateful.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2012 6:21 AM PST
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That's a sign the machine is in need of repair, a reload of the OS or simple maintenance. I can't tell.

Tell me if you own "canned air." Usually I find folk that have never heard of that.

PS. My netbook example is just that. Some folk call the machine dying when they have to wait.

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