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Laptop for Photoshop/Illustrator/3ds Max

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March 30, 2009 5:07:25 PM

Dear all,

I wish to buy a laptop mainly for learning Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, 3ds Max, & similar graphics programs. My budget is 35000-40000 INR [$700-$800 US]

Would the Dell Inspiron 15 specs below be good enough?

Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2GHz/ 800 FSB/ 2MB Cache)
Memory 2GB Dual-channel 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Video Card Integrated Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Hard Drive 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Windows Vista(R) Home Basic SP1 Edition 32 bit (English)
15.6 " 720p WXGA (1366x768) Display with TrueLife(TM)

I'll be purchasing the laptop in India.

From what I've read so far, it seems that -

1. 2d programs will run fine on the above specs. However, the viewports in 3ds max will require a good GPU. [I don't intend on doing any rendering on the laptop - Its best left to a desktop]

2. Again, the level of GPU required would depend much on the complexity of the models. So I tried out a few car models in 3ds max on my current desktop which has an integrated Ati Radeon Xpress 200, & found that there was no lag. I won't really be working on any complex interior/architecture scenes anyway - chiefly game character modeling.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Would you'll suggest any changes in the above config? Or any alternatives?

I would like to multitask, if possible. Gaming is not a priority.

It's difficult to get a better dedicated GPU here within the budget. Maybe, an Nvidia 9200/9300m gs can be squeezed in - but is it any better?

How much of a difference would a 1066mhz fsb make vs a 800mhz fsb? For eg., Should I be spending a bit more for a p7350 rather than a T6400?

The specs of the desktop on which I’ve tried out a few 3ds Max models are -

Intel P4 3.06ghz processor, 512mb ram, Ati Radeon Xpress 200 graphics & chipset.

I've tried a model of a railway station with-
Polys:225198
Verts:40092
Faces:65633
& faced no lag.

So please advise. Maybe I’m looking for a laptop with similar specs [i.e. what would today correspond to] as my desktop? Thanks.

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a b D Laptop
March 30, 2009 6:57:40 PM

The RAM upgrade isn't worth it, but the GPU is. If you can get a 9200 or 9300, do it...they can crush the Intel chip.
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