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February 10, 2013 5:10:19 PM

Please help with choosing a Laptop for an Architecture/Sculpture/Endering use.
Thank you!
February 10, 2013 11:31:10 PM

Thank you for your message.
I'm an architect, graduated in 87, never learned because I had employes, now going back to school.
I have no budget, just want the best I could buy with out it being out of control w price.
Thank you!
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February 11, 2013 12:14:22 AM

MarthaCLA said:
Thank you for your message.
I'm an architect, graduated in 87, never learned because I had employes, now going back to school.
I have no budget, just want the best I could buy with out it being out of control w price.
Thank you!



Hi :) 

For a high end graphics laptop , you realise we are talking THOUSANDS ...NOT hundreds ?

All the best Brett :) 
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February 11, 2013 12:23:32 AM

Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len... Starting with the "High Performance" $2399 model, changed CPU to 3920XM (+$550), System Graphics changed to Quadro K2000M (+$250), Total Memory to 32GB (+$360) - no other changes brought the cost to $3559
2) Dell Precision M6700 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=b... base price $2062 and changing... CPU to the 3940XM (+$612), ram to 32GB (+$323.68), then I got lost in storage, that lappy has a lot of harddrive options... lol, just another to consider
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February 11, 2013 12:25:48 AM

C12Friedman said:
Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len... Starting with the "High Performance" $2399 model, changed CPU to 3920XM (+$550), System Graphics changed to Quadro K2000M (+$250), Total Memory to 32GB (+$360) - no other changes brought the cost to $3559
2) Dell Precision M6700 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=b... base price $2062 and changing... CPU to the 3940XM (+$612), ram to 32GB (+$323.68), then I got lost in storage, that lappy has a lot of harddrive options... lol, just another to consider



Hi :) 

Thats VERY good advice ^^^^^^^^^^^

All the best Brett :) 
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February 11, 2013 1:35:13 AM

C12Friedman said:
Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len... Starting with the "High Performance" $2399 model, changed CPU to 3920XM (+$550), System Graphics changed to Quadro K2000M (+$250), Total Memory to 32GB (+$360) - no other changes brought the cost to $3559
2) Dell Precision M6700 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=b... base price $2062 and changing... CPU to the 3940XM (+$612), ram to 32GB (+$323.68), then I got lost in storage, that lappy has a lot of harddrive options... lol, just another to consider


Dell looks good as does lenovo, but really, spending $600 for a slightly better cpu (3 ghz vs 2.7) is kinda pointless because you will only see minimal gains, especially if there are cooling problems and the cpu does not reach full turbo boost. RAM would be better to buy on your own, it'll be much cheaper. Get the best screen possible.
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February 11, 2013 12:19:53 PM

C12Friedman said:
Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len... Starting with the "High Performance" $2399 model, changed CPU to 3920XM (+$550), System Graphics changed to Quadro K2000M (+$250), Total Memory to 32GB (+$360) - no other changes brought the cost to $3559
2) Dell Precision M6700 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=b... base price $2062 and changing... CPU to the 3940XM (+$612), ram to 32GB (+$323.68), then I got lost in storage, that lappy has a lot of harddrive options... lol, just another to consider





Thank you !
A Mac is not an option?, all I have is Dell and would like to change, Lenovo sound good as a good choice if Mac not an option.

Have a great day.
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February 11, 2013 12:23:27 PM

whyso said:
Dell looks good as does lenovo, but really, spending $600 for a slightly better cpu (3 ghz vs 2.7) is kinda pointless because you will only see minimal gains, especially if there are cooling problems and the cpu does not reach full turbo boost. RAM would be better to buy on your own, it'll be much cheaper. Get the best screen possible.




Hello, thank you for your message, what would you buy?
Where do I buy and how a RAM and what Screen is good, I have read, non glear and Retina, is this what you are reffering?
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February 11, 2013 12:33:51 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

For a high end graphics laptop , you realise we are talking THOUSANDS ...NOT hundreds ?

All the best Brett :) 






Yes, I know this, I always had problems at work when my employees render, the computer always stop and we would have to start all aver again.
3.5-4.5 is not that bad.
Thank you!
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February 11, 2013 1:09:44 PM

The Apple offerings, in the way of MacBook Pro with Retina do not offer the graphics cards best suited for your uses (the Firepro or Quadro cards) - the GT 650M offered by Apple is woefully underpowered in comparison.You could use a MacBook Pro but even with OSX, you will not get the performance Lenovo or Dell offer. Not to mention the MacBook's limit of 8Gb of ram.
I wasn't ignoring Apple but CAD/CAM is not their forte IMO.
For the screen, non-glare is a necessity if working outdoors otherwise it's your discretion. I think Whyso is referring to the resolution of the display, while 1080p might be nice, I don't think it's as important as ram, graphics card or CPU capabilities. And yes, the 3920XM and 3940XM are that much of a step up that the price becomes justified for the need IMO.
Ram can be upgraded by you for substantially less than having it installed by the factory but I think 32Gb is justified here (whatever way you go about getting there)
My $0.02 here
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February 12, 2013 7:22:42 PM

353105,11,1102688 said:
The Apple offerings, in the way of MacBook Pro with Retina do not offer the graphics cards best suited for your uses (the Firepro or Quadro cards) - the GT 650M offered by Apple is woefully underpowered in comparison.You could use a MacBook Pro but even with OSX, you will not get the performance Lenovo or Dell offer. Not to mention the MacBook's limit of 8Gb of ram.
I wasn't ignoring Apple but CAD/CAM is not their forte IMO.
For the screen, non-glare is a necessity if working outdoors otherwise it's your discretion. I think Whyso is referring to the resolution of the display, while 1080p might be nice, I don't think it's as important as ram, graphics card or CPU capabilities. And yes, the 3920XM and 3940XM are that much of a step up that the price becomes justified for the need IMO.
Ram can be upgraded by you for substantially less than having it installed by the factory but I think 32Gb is justified here (whatever way you go about getting there)
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Hello C12 Friedman.
I called Rhode Island School of Design today, this is where I got my degree and they said all of them use Apple macbook pro, tjey have 16 gb is about 4 thousand, also they install a bootcamp.
In case I dont go with mac. Between lenovo and dell, which would you get?
I appreciate all the advices and time you have given me, thank you.
I feel very confused when buying computers since I do not know how they work and what is the right combination of specs to choose.
Thank U

Martha
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February 12, 2013 7:42:37 PM

I think I would lean toward Dell only because of the options available and their reputation for service.
Again, my $0.02
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February 12, 2013 8:14:19 PM

C12Friedman said:
I think I would lean toward Dell only because of the options available and their reputation for service.
Again, my $0.02




Hello,
What is My $0.02 ?, im sorry but im new to this logs?
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February 12, 2013 8:20:12 PM

This is what i configured:
it is much more expensie than apple



Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation

Starting Price $6,932.70
Instant Savings $2,218.87

Subtotal $4,713.83

As low as $118.00/mo.
Dell Business Credit | Apply 



Discount Details


Preliminary Ship Date: 2/21/2013

Print Summary





Please Take a Moment to Review

Review Your Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation Date & Time: 2/12/2013 2:48:36 PM

 
Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation
Dell Mobile Precision M6700, Windows 7 Ultimate, No Media, 64-bit, English
Unit Price: $6,932.70
- $2,218.87

  BUILD MY DELL


Processor
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3940XM Proc(Extreme 3.0GHz, 8M cache, Upgradable to Intel® vPro™ technology) edit
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate, No Media, 64-bit, English edit
Productivity Software
Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2013, English, French and Spanish edit
System Recovery
Resource DVD - Contains Drivers edit
System Recovery
Recovery Media for Adobe® Acrobat X, ENG/FRN edit
System Recovery
Recovery Media for Windows® 7 Ultimate,64bit,Multiple Language edit
Monitor
None edit
Docking Solutions (Shipping Separately)
None edit
Graphics
NVIDIA® Quadro® K5000M with 4GB GDDR5 edit
Hardware Support Services
3 Year ProSupport with 3 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis edit
Complete Care
3 Year Accidental Damage Service edit
Memory
32.0GB, DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS edit
Fingerprint and Smartcard Reader
Internal Swipe Fingerprint Reader, USH and Contactless Smartcard Reader edit
LCDs
17.3" UltraSharp™ FHD (1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare, Premium Panel Guarantee, USH edit
Camera / Microphone
Integrated HD video webcam and noise reducing array microphones edit
RAID Configuration
No RAID Configuration edit
Primary Storage
1TB 2.5" 5400rpm Hard Drive edit
Secondary Storage
None edit
Third Hard Drive
None edit
Optical Hard Drive
None edit
Media Bay Devices
8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load edit
Internal Keyboard
Internal English Keyboard edit
Primary Battery
9-cell (97Wh) Primary Lithium Ion Battery, (3.0Ah) ExpressCharge Capable edit
Wireless LAN (802.11)
Dell Wireless™ 1540 802.11a/n Dual Band, High Speed Wi-Fi Half Mini-card edit
Bluetooth
Dell Wireless™ 380 Bluetooth 4.0 LE Module edit

Laptop Bags
Dell Adventure 17” Sleeve

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February 12, 2013 10:47:40 PM

MarthaCLA said:
Hello,
What is My $0.02 ?, im sorry but im new to this logs?

My $0.02 or My two cents is a common American idiom. It simply means "In my opinion" or "That's my opinion."
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February 13, 2013 12:45:17 AM

I think that's a very impressive machine you've got going there - I'm rather envious. I think you will find it serves your wants quite well.
My $0.02 - it's to express the (self-inflated) value of my opinion

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February 13, 2013 3:08:50 AM

C12Friedman said:
I think that's a very impressive machine you've got going there - I'm rather envious. I think you will find it serves your wants quite well.
My $0.02 - it's to express the (self-inflated) value of my opinion




Hi........I'm so embarrased, You guys can tell I'm not American.....so sorry.....for not understanding the $.02
Thank You!, your help is very important and has been helpful !

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February 15, 2013 3:15:24 PM

C12Friedman said:
I think that's a very impressive machine you've got going there - I'm rather envious. I think you will find it serves your wants quite well.
My $0.02 - it's to express the (self-inflated) value of my opinion






Hello there, do you know anything about Malibal?
Best regards,
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February 15, 2013 4:03:20 PM

I had not heard of them. Checking them out, some of their units look rather impressive but I know nothing of them as a company
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February 16, 2013 12:40:47 PM

MarthaCLA said:
This is what i configured:
it is much more expensie than apple



Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation

Starting Price $6,932.70
Instant Savings $2,218.87

Subtotal $4,713.83

As low as $118.00/mo.
Dell Business Credit | Apply 



Discount Details


Preliminary Ship Date: 2/21/2013

Print Summary





Please Take a Moment to Review

Review Your Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation Date & Time: 2/12/2013 2:48:36 PM

 
Dell Precision M6700 Mobile Workstation
Dell Mobile Precision M6700, Windows 7 Ultimate, No Media, 64-bit, English
Unit Price: $6,932.70
- $2,218.87

  BUILD MY DELL


Processor
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3940XM Proc(Extreme 3.0GHz, 8M cache, Upgradable to Intel® vPro™ technology) edit
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate, No Media, 64-bit, English edit
Productivity Software
Microsoft® Office Home and Business 2013, English, French and Spanish edit
System Recovery
Resource DVD - Contains Drivers edit
System Recovery
Recovery Media for Adobe® Acrobat X, ENG/FRN edit
System Recovery
Recovery Media for Windows® 7 Ultimate,64bit,Multiple Language edit
Monitor
None edit
Docking Solutions (Shipping Separately)
None edit
Graphics
NVIDIA® Quadro® K5000M with 4GB GDDR5 edit
Hardware Support Services
3 Year ProSupport with 3 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis edit
Complete Care
3 Year Accidental Damage Service edit
Memory
32.0GB, DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS edit
Fingerprint and Smartcard Reader
Internal Swipe Fingerprint Reader, USH and Contactless Smartcard Reader edit
LCDs
17.3" UltraSharp™ FHD (1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare, Premium Panel Guarantee, USH edit
Camera / Microphone
Integrated HD video webcam and noise reducing array microphones edit
RAID Configuration
No RAID Configuration edit
Primary Storage
1TB 2.5" 5400rpm Hard Drive edit
Secondary Storage
None edit
Third Hard Drive
None edit
Optical Hard Drive
None edit
Media Bay Devices
8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load edit
Internal Keyboard
Internal English Keyboard edit
Primary Battery
9-cell (97Wh) Primary Lithium Ion Battery, (3.0Ah) ExpressCharge Capable edit
Wireless LAN (802.11)
Dell Wireless™ 1540 802.11a/n Dual Band, High Speed Wi-Fi Half Mini-card edit
Bluetooth
Dell Wireless™ 380 Bluetooth 4.0 LE Module edit

Laptop Bags
Dell Adventure 17” Sleeve


Its almost pointless to by the extreme end processors, especially when you are not making money (in school) from your modelling work. A 3820 is the highest I recommend you go, the extreme end processor listed here is $600 more and it will be a grand total of less than 10% faster. the ram is likewise $422 when you can buy and install it yourself from newegg for $180 or less. It would make much more sense to add an SSD instead and it will make the computer generally more responsive.
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