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Your personal preference doesn't have anything to do with nvidia being absolute **** for OpenGL.

A Q400 is 5xs faster than the 580 in CAD. It's pretty laughable.

They deleted the bit on wiki. nvidia probably paid wikimedia.

My personal preference...is my personal preference, certainly nothing worth swearing about.

Anyway thanks for the link, I do wish there was more on it other than a quote from Nvidia though, which isn't exactly the least biased source to be getting information from. :/

Regardless of that, I've already said this system is going to be used for both gaming & animation work. He doesn't use CAD programs and doesn't really model that much, certainly nothing high detail enough to justify a workstation card, so a high end Quadro is kind of overkill in his case.

Thanks for taking the time to find a link.
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post #12 of 17
MSI GT780DX-X8 with a 17" full HD screen, i7-2630 and GTX 570m comes out to $1559.00 with credit card or with a 3% Cash Discount: $1,512.23

http://www.powernotebooks.com/MSI-GT...-sys-4157.html

Only problem I see it only comes with 4GB which you can upgrade to 8GB for $40 more and later on your friend could add two more 4GB sticks for a total of 16GB if he so needs/desires.
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MSI GT780DX-X8 with a 17" full HD screen, i7-2630 and GTX 570m comes out to $1559.00 with credit card or with a 3% Cash Discount: $1,512.23

http://www.powernotebooks.com/MSI-GT...-sys-4157.html

Only problem I see it only comes with 4GB which you can upgrade to 8GB for $40 more and later on your friend could add two more 4GB sticks for a total of 16GB if he so needs/desires.
Ok, thanks for the suggestion, but that's still out of his price range. It needs to be no more than $1500 shipped, there's not really any wiggle room on that :/
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post #14 of 17
How about PowerPro R 11:36 (based on the MSI 16F2 barebone) that has a 15.6" full HD screen, i7-2630 and GTX 560m, with 6GB ram and a 500 GB 7200RPM HD for $1095.00?

http://www.powernotebooks.com/PowerP...-sys-4070.html

He can easily add more ram and another HD and still stay under his budget if he so desires.
post #15 of 17
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As a point of interest Minitron I managed to find an article from Xbitlabs that had all the detailed graphs of performance comparison. However it would be nice to see them do an updated article with the 5xx series gpus.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/gra...0_8.html#sect1

But, again, this guy is only doing animation, so having a professional solution is a bit overkill. Besides personal experience, looking through Autodesk documentation in the past, I've consistently seen more Geforce cards listed as "unofficially" supported versus their AMD counterparts. Maybe they simply bother testing more Geforce gpus? Anyway they've ripped all of that documentaion off their website now. Heck you can't even check hardware compatibility for earlier versions of Maya, only 2012, which is fairly silly to begin with. My other reason is simply because I feel Nvidia is faster about fixing their drivers than AMD. When there was an issue with Maya High Quality rendering mode not functioning on Geforce GPUs Nvidia was pretty good about putting out a fix to resolve the issue in the next driver release. Versus the AMD gpus some of our school systems use which have never support high quality rendering to begin with.

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How about PowerPro R 11:36 (based on the MSI 16F2 barebone) that has a 15.6" full HD screen, i7-2630 and GTX 560m, with 6GB ram and a 500 GB 7200RPM HD for $1095.00?

http://www.powernotebooks.com/PowerP...-sys-4070.html

He can easily add more ram and another HD and still stay under his budget if he so desires.
Is this a site a lot of people on OCN buy from? I saw this company being recommended before. The site might scare off my friend, I know, don't judge a site by it's looks but he might. It would be helpful to have some reassurances before I recommend it to him

Thanks for the link.
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post #16 of 17
Could try http://malibal.com. Laptops of gaming and beyond potential for under his price point with room to spare for upgrades. Even the 15-in models have 1080p resolution with LED screens starting at around $1200. Not to mention, they are upgradable in the future too so if he wants a newer graphics card, you can get one.
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Is this a site a lot of people on OCN buy from? I saw this company being recommended before. The site might scare off my friend, I know, don't judge a site by it's looks but he might. It would be helpful to have some reassurances before I recommend it to him

Thanks for the link.
They got a very high reseller rating and I just ordered this very same laptop from them. Hopefully I'll be another one of their satisfied customers...

I suggest you or your friend call them and ask to speak with Donald. He's their main guy and he's actually quite helpful and doesn't try to sell you extras you don't need.
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