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good laptop for modeling, animation, etc.

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I'm heading to the academy of arts for game design and I'm looking for a good laptop that can run modeling, programming, and animating programs smoothly. I've been recommended various choices, but I don't really know what to choose - I'd like cap the budget at 1500 dollars. I'm just not really sure about which one would be best - I've heard that dells aren't very reliable. Any help deciding or recommending other options would be greatly appreciated. http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/notebooks/laptop-studio-xps-16/pd.aspx?refid=laptop-studio-xps-16&s=dhs&cs=19&~ck=mn http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/notebooks/workstation-precision-m6400/pd.aspx?refid=workstation-precision-m6400&s=bsd&cs=04&~oid=us~en~4~workstation-precision-m6400_anav1~~ http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/notebooks/workstation_precision_m4400/pd.aspx?refid=workstation_precision_m4400&s=bsd&cs=04&~oid=us~en~4~workstation_precision_m4400_anav1~~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220489&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Notebooks-_-ASUS-_-34220489 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Blue/Black/9556072.p?id=1218124204092&skuId=9556072

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I've heard that dells aren't very reliable.
Cheap Dells aren't anything to write home about, but then neither is most anything else in the < $750 price range. The high-end Dells are definitely worth a look, and very solid in my experience, but Dell's customer service sucks worse than most people can even imagine.

Apple' MacBook Pro line is pretty fantastic - their build quality is unmatched, as is their customer service. Unfortunately, they are right at your price cap, and if you need to run Windows, probably not worth the cost.
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Blue/Black/9556072.p?id=1218124204092&skuId=9556072
Out of all the machines you posted, this one strikes me as the best bang for your buck, though I would personally recommend you grab something cheaper. Even a $500 clunker like this one will run all your modeling/animation software just fine, and you can afford to upgrade it in a year if you find the need.

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I think you'll find more professional advice at NotebookReviews.com's forum under the "What Notebook Should I Buy" discussion:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=16

Hope this helps...

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well, after some looking and comparing i think i've narrowed it down to two decent laptops for my needs. i'd like some feedback on which would be a better choice.

hp pavilion dv7
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pav...&skuId=9556312

asus g51vx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220639

what sticks out to me is that the asus has a much better graphics card and a greater resolution, but the pavilion has more ram and i think the intel core i7 is better than the intel 2 core duo. not being very experienced with computer tech, it seems to me that the hp is the better choice with an upgraded graphics card down line for my 3d modeling/rendering. . . not sure if i'll get any responses soon

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Both of your URLs have been truncated, and thus don't work. However, Google does tell me some details:

First off, that isn't an i7 in the HP, just a faster Core2duo, and they both max out at the same 4GB of RAM, although the HP only seems to ship with 3GB.

Then the question becomes what you want to do with the laptop. If you want to play games, the Asus' GTX 260M blows the HP's 9600M out of the water, and the lower screen resolution is actually an advantage in performance.

If you would rather get work done than play games, the HP's vastly increased screen resolution gives you a lot more screen real estate to work in, and the extra oomph of the 2.5GHz processor might be welcome. The HP is also $100 cheaper by my reckoning.

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sorry about the links, and the hp is $1300 and the asus is $1200 fyi. as for the use of the laptop, i'd like it to handle making 3d models/renderings with modo 401 smoothly while playing music and maybe having an internet browser open(that being the most demanding thing i'd do, i think) - i do plan to use it for gaming, but it isn't the reason for buying the laptop. thanks again for the input and i don't wanna get a mac, because my various programs/games are for pc

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor/9556312.p?id=1218123847836&skuId=9556312

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220639

[Edited by - McNugget1 on December 29, 2009 4:22:00 PM]

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I myself use a Macbook Pro for this stuff. They're really solid stuff, and I'd reccommend it.



+1

I run the programs listed here on mine daily and it handles them without breaking a sweat.


Macs are the best stuff for heavy duty work! They can handle a lot without any trouble.

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I recently got a Dell Studio 17 with 4GB of RAM and an i7 processor on a 1333MHz bus. My Intel SSD is coming tomorrow, but this thing is already screaming fast compared to my old Core 2 Duo laptop. I highly recommend spending the extra cash for an i7 laptop over a Core 2 Duo. My Dell came in around $1,350, with a decent 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 and a 1080p LED-lit screen. HP has a similar price on their dv8t, though you might get a Blu-ray drive thrown in at HP for cheaper. I went with Dell because (apparently unlike the rest of the world) I've always had excellent warranty service from them.

I use this website to get a rough idea of relative CPU performance; it has a standard benchmark run across hundreds of CPUs, including most laptop CPUs. The i7 720QM (cheapest laptop i7, what I have) scores 3365, while the extreme laptop i7 scores 4304. The hottest laptop Core 2 Duo (the X9100) scores just 2243. The Core 2 Duo P8600 in your Asus laptop scores 1590.

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