Hey all, I'm new to this site so sorry in advance if I do anything wrong.
I'm currently a senior in high school, and next year I'll be attending Syracuse University for Architecture. The major requires a pretty demanding laptop for apps like Photoshop AutoCAD Rhino and Revit, and recommends specs like quad-core i7's, 16gb RAM and discrete Nvidia class 1 or 2 graphic chipsets.
I know what all of this means and generally how powerful those items are, but I'm not extremely knowledgeable about anything past that point. For example I don't really know how the gHz rating a processor gets will affect my productivity.
In addition to architecture work, I plan to do some gaming whenever I have time, and I'd like my laptop to be able to handle games like The Witcher 3 on decent settings, which I know is one of the more difficult games to run especially on a laptop.
Lastly, and this might be the most difficult part, I do really consider aesthetic and portability as well as functionality when it comes to things like this, and as a result I've been leaning towards the Microsoft Surface Book due to its great look and usefulness in regards to producing architectural work. However I have looked online and seen some YouTube videos that highlight its very medium field abilities playing games (Skyrim plays like warm butter, MGSV plays like butter you left in the fridge, Witcher 3 plays like butter left in the arctic for three years). So not good enough for me in the gaming respect, but in every other way pretty appealing.
If anyone knows a great laptop that can do all these things, and hopefully looks nice on my desk, please let me know. I have quite a bit of money to throw at this, but I'm not trying to build my own because I really lack the expertise.
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