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Need a laptop for Digital Media development. Unsure on GPU

by Snyper3xs / November 8, 2010 12:43 PM PST

hi guys
I been looking getting a new laptop and am current in over my head.
I need the laptop mainly for work purposes (digital media developer). So it would need to have a few programs running such as
- photoshop
- fireworks
- eclipse (coding program)
- A few browers
- Email client.
- etc

Hence I'm not sure what kind of system I would need. I not sure how important a graphic card is in regard to all of this. I wouldn't mind a 512 or 1gb GPU so I could play some games if I wish.

Looking at the following brands
Toshiba, Asus, Lenovo, sony.

Don't want to spend much over $1000.

lookign at this one
or maybe

Any help would be amazing!

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A tip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2010 11:36 PM PST

To make links clickable the simple fix is to not preface your links with anything. Example:

For me the real issue is the keyboard and display. Ever since we blew past 1.0GHz and one CPU my work in Visual Studio, Eclipse, browsers and email has not taxed the machines. And not one laptop that is work oriented has anything better than the Intel 4500MHD GMA solution. And it's not slow.

Today we have better systems which I'll give the nod to Core i5, 4GB RAM and Windows 7 in 64 bits to be the basis for my code stations.


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Graphic Apps
by Snyper3xs / November 9, 2010 7:46 AM PST
In reply to: A tip.

Programs such as Photoshop, Fireworks and Flash are going to take considerably more power than coding and browser program. Much of the time these are just as much part of my work as coding. Does the graphics card play as role in running these programs?

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I have to write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2010 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: Graphic Apps

Even with the Intel 4500MHD we can play HD content at full speed over HDMI at 60FPS. This is certainly not a display speed issue if an image can be moved from the CPU to screen in 1/60th of a second. Flash for years didn't use a GPU and most of the time it still doesn't. We can dismiss that.

Photoshop is CPU heavy. Nod to the i5.

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by Snyper3xs / November 10, 2010 4:15 PM PST
In reply to: I have to write no.

Thanking you.

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