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Who knows there Laptops?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SpellZ, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    I want to start learning 3D Software (Vectorworks & AutoCAD)

    I need to get laptop.

    What should I get?

    I won't put any music on it, download any useless shit or go on stupid websites (I have a laptop for that). I need a Windows-based laptop, and something that is fairly cheap

    I know, I know... 3D programs require a kick ass computer, etc. But I'll just be starting out with AutoCAD and Vectorworks, I won't be performing anything big or complicated, and I need it for about... a year, afterwards I'll get a desktop. I just need someting portable, something that won't die on me for the first year, etc.

    What do you guys recomnd?
     
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  3. khan0

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    3D software = you definitely need a dedicated graphic card. I would say 256 MB atleast (pretty common now). 4 GB RAM should be good. Those are the 2 things I'd really look for. I am sure you can get something good < 1000 USD
     
  4. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    Macs don't run 3D Software.
    Maya, AutoDesk, Vectorworks, 20/20, etc, etc, etc are all Windows Based

    I don't like using parallels, slows the damn thing down.
     
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    SpellZ Regular Member

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    So 256 MB graphic card, 4GB RAM
    And that is it, right?

    Anything else, or I should be fine with that for around a year?
     
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    well there is no cheap solution , my though is a computer that would do great with gaming....it will cost alot...best shop wholesalers.
     
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    Gaming Doesn't require so much memory,

    I think it would really be better with desktop as you can easily upgrade up to 16gb memory , with laptop you can get 4gb but after that it will start becoming super expensive
     
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    Laptops are pretty terrible when it comes to gaming - the so-called "gaming" laptops cost a fortune and yet perform worse than a desktop that'd be 25-33% of the laptop's price.

    Is there any manufacturer that makes laptops with larger than normal keyboards? I hate the small cramped kb setups that practically all laptops seem to have these days.
     
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    I used to have a Sony Vaio, had a good graphics card, 2GB RAM but died after a couple of years. I was using SolidWorks with that, never quite managed to perfect it but spent a good few months learning :)
     
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    LOOOOL.

    Well id you had all your facts right, Mac's run nearly all of the major 3d apps. The only one it doesn't run is autocad.

    And your not going to beat a Macbook Pro for a laptop doing 3d work. The graphics card doesn't really matter at all unless you have alot of texture's in your work. And I guess you will see that most laptops will max out at 4gb of ram. Thats where the Macbook Pro's capacity of 8gb takes over.

    Also if you want to run windows app, there's boot camp so you can run them natively at full speed.
     
  11. SpellZ

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    Yeah, I won't be using a lot of textures at all to tell you the truth! And when I'll be using them, they will be very simple and basic textures. So then should I buy a laptop for a lower price, but then just upgrade my RAM to 4GB? and I should be fine?
     
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    Still looking for a reply:rolleyes::cool2:
     
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    Get a macbook pro 17" and get Windows with bootcamp.. I'm running Maya with bootcamp and its running smoohly.
     
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    Yeah dude, just use bootcamp if you dont like parallels.

    Im am doing that right now on my macbook..
     
  15. matapples01

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    Nowadays you just don't need a heavy hitter laptop to run 3D CAD packages. AutoCAD, SW and Solid Edge are all aimed at the small to mid-size market who don't always have the budget for high-end hardware. Also, it's a tough sell pushing a $2-3K seat of software that needs you to spend just as much in hardware.

    I have a friend who is a demo jock for Solid Edge. He runs a bare bones refurbed dell with a 256MB Nividia graphics card and 4GB RAM. For the vid card, make sure NOT to get a "gamer" card. You can usually get the gamer card or a "normal" card. The normal cards work better with CAD tools than the gamer cards do. As far as memory, run the numbers and see what add-on RAM costs at WalMart, Bestbuy...etc. If it's cheaper to add it, get the stripped down machine and add it yourself.
     
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    Hmm, okay.

    Can anyone give me models? Or links to models which might be suitable for me?

    Thank you so much
     
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    Oh also, when it says "1GB memory"

    It means.. RAM, correct?
     
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    Yup, that's RAM its talking about.
     
  19. SpellZ

    SpellZ Regular Member

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    Also, you said bare bone, how bare bone should I go?

    I mean Compaq Presario CQ60Z is $399 it has
    So then you'd buy for an extra $100 a 4GB RAM, and you'll be good? =/


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  20. matapples01

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    I'd definitely upgrade the memory to 4 GB but other than that, it's not much different than what my friend has. Disclaimer: I'm no hardware expert and mileage may vary. :)

    Honestly if I were you I'd probably spend 5 minutes and jump on a CAD forum and ping them with the question before I actually bought anything.