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Reasonable 3d Artists Laptop?

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  • Reasonable 3d Artists Laptop?

    Hi there, after searching down some laptop specs and attempting to customize what i thought i wanted, i was less confident about the purchase than before i began my search! Please help me narrow down my choices.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1500 or less

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in. USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Prefer Sager, Asus
    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    3D Modeling packages such as 3DSMAX, MAYA, Z-Brush.
    2D illustration packages such as Photoshop and Painter
    Running game engine editors such as Unreal Engine 3 and CryENGINE

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk? Frequently moving it around, transport on foot

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    Some MMO gaming, Such as City of Heroes. FPS such as Team Fortress 2
    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    ~2 hours, will be plugged in most of the time though

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    I do not mind

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Prefer XP

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen Preferred

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)
    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen? (Read below on differences) Whichever one displays truer colors in a low light situation, for texture/concept work
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? No

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last? 4-5 years

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by JMich; 06-03-2008, 07:54 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    The Sager np2092 or the Asus M50SV-A1 would be your optimal choices based on your specified uses. The sager notebook will be more customizable as it will start with very base specifications. The Asus notebook will come fully loaded already and you would only need to change the o/s to XP.