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help deciding which laptop to buy for architecture

by louaygh / August 31, 2014 7:31 AM PDT

im searching for an new laptop that can handle heavy rendering, CAD, 3D MAX and potoshop. At the same time i dont want any of the bulky heave workstations so i am interrested in the
Dell percision M3800
Dell XPS 15
(the links are only to show which laptops i am talking about, the price is according to the specs)
Im also concerned about the price. I was hoping for some advice in order to pick the best laptop for the best price and mobility. I care about speed (SSD) RAMs (8 and above) Processor (Intel 4th generation i7) Graphic card(minimum 2GB) and of course the price (less than 2000$ if possible in NYC)
If there are other suggestions of laptops please let me know Im not fixed on these options.
thank you.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2014 7:34 AM PDT

Get a look at TOP 10 lists at Cnet, Notebookcheck and (gasp) best sellers at Amazon.

Also, forget the heavy requirement you listed. You are asking for a desktop in laptop form to run CPU and GPU heavy apps. You either live with laptop performance or you add a little weight and get the performance.

The Lenovo y50 looks nice too and it's close to 1,000 than 2,000.

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First mistake
by Jimmy Greystone / August 31, 2014 10:15 AM PDT

First mistake is looking for a laptop to do a desktop's job. Laptops are not good platforms for this sort of work, so unless you're like a traveling architect who essentially lives in airports and hotels, I'd strongly suggest giving this a good long hard rethink.

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by louaygh / August 31, 2014 3:10 PM PDT
In reply to: First mistake

Thanks for your advice guys but I just want the closest results possible for a desktop. The desktop ks a must but I want a laptop that can be easily moved and have a good performance, in addition to the desktop. You can take a look at the links I have posted earlier in the original message to know what im talking about. You can tell me what you guys think of those. Thank you

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See the top 10 list of gaming laptops
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2014 4:07 PM PDT
In reply to: clarification

At CNET, Notebookcheck, etc.

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The reason I said to reconsider
by Jimmy Greystone / August 31, 2014 10:09 PM PDT
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The reason I said to reconsider is that high end laptops like that tend not to last very long. The high end components will generate too much heat for such a small enclosed space and you'll be lucky if you make it 6 months before you need a motherboard replacement. As the laptop ages, the number of repairs needed will only increase in frequency.

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