Best Laptop for Rhino VRay ArchiCad Revit Atlantis AutoCad

Please help with choosing a Laptop for an Architecture/Sculpture/Endering use.
Thank you!
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  1. This article is a year old but still somewhat relevent http://www.cadcamperformance.com/2012/01/16-things-to-look-for-in-a-mobile-workstation-for-cad/
    I'm tempted to say the Lenovo Thinkpad W530 might be an option. Another way might be a boutique builder such as http://www.pro-star.com/index.cfm?mainpage=product&filter=4 who also makes portable workstations to your specs - those systems get pricy though, what's your budget?
  2. 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!
  3. 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 :)
  4. Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
    1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8290D97BCD4869FF73A91D590D8749C5&redir=y 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=bwccad67&m_2=I73740Q&m_3=16G4D6&m_6=AMD6000&m_8=750G72&m_11=W7PN61E&m_16=8XDVRS&model_id=precision-m6700&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04 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
  5. C12Friedman said:
    Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
    1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8290D97BCD4869FF73A91D590D8749C5&redir=y 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=bwccad67&m_2=I73740Q&m_3=16G4D6&m_6=AMD6000&m_8=750G72&m_11=W7PN61E&m_16=8XDVRS&model_id=precision-m6700&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04 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 :)
  6. C12Friedman said:
    Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
    1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8290D97BCD4869FF73A91D590D8749C5&redir=y 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=bwccad67&m_2=I73740Q&m_3=16G4D6&m_6=AMD6000&m_8=750G72&m_11=W7PN61E&m_16=8XDVRS&model_id=precision-m6700&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04 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.
  7. C12Friedman said:
    Here are two options one from Lenovo and one from Dell
    1) Lenovo W530 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8290D97BCD4869FF73A91D590D8749C5&redir=y 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=bwccad67&m_2=I73740Q&m_3=16G4D6&m_6=AMD6000&m_8=750G72&m_11=W7PN61E&m_16=8XDVRS&model_id=precision-m6700&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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[/quotemsg


    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
  12. I think I would lean toward Dell only because of the options available and their reputation for service.
    Again, my $0.02
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. 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."
  16. 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
  17. 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 !
  18. 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,
  19. 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
  20. 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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