Hi, I'm planning to buy a new laptop and I'd like to know the minimum specifications to look for, so that I can comfortably develop games. By comfortably, I mean that the hardware shouldn't be a bottleneck at any point. (I know a desktop is a better choice for the screen size, but that's not an option here for me).
I'm just a hobbyist game developer, but I don't want the option of developing graphically intensive games pre-emptively taken away from me by having bought the wrong laptop.
My budget is at $1000. I looked at some 4GB RAM laptops. Then I read some reviews which said that with 4GB RAM , rendering tasks do take much longer time.
A friend finally suggested that if I need a laptop which gives me room for any kind of gamedev work, then the minimum config should be this:
1. Minimum 8GB DDR3 memory
2. Intel i7 (4th gen)
3. Nvidia/AMD GPU
4. 15 Inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
5. 512 GB HDD
All laptops with the above configs weigh easily more than 2.5 kgs.
My question: Are the above configs really necessary? Is there a way to drop some of them and thus have a lighter weight laptop?