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Hi guys,
I need some help deciding on a laptop.
I do alot of 3D work (mainly in Maya) and require a laptop to be able to take my work to clients and modify things out of the office.
i dont plan on using the machine as part of a render farm although it has to be capable of rendering the odd job fast as well.


Prefer 17" screen
quadcore cpu
dedicated graphics
must have a number pad on the keyboard. - not just across the top row


Im looking at the dell XPS 17 and it looks decent for $1800 AUD
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
17.3"(43.94cm) FHD WLED AG (1920x1080)
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB)
1.5TB 7200RPM Hard Drive(750GB X2)
3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M With Optimus


any suggestions though would be greatly appreciated.

I live in australia and have around $2000 Australian dollars to spend on it.

Cheers for the help guys!
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120gig OCZ Vertex 2 + WD Caviar Black 2TB Windows 7 Ulti 64 bit 3x Dell U2410 Black Widow Ultimate 
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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ASUS-G74SX-Core-i7-2670QM-16Gb-GTX560M-BluRay-1TB-SSD-HDD-17-Full-HD-Gaming-/120860681252?pt=AU_comp_laptop&hash=item1c23dba424#ht_7952wt_1032


• Intel Core i7 Processor 2670QM: Quad Core 2.2GHz (Turbo 3.1GHz)

• 16GB DDR3 Memory / Super Fast 256GB Solid State Drive + 750GB 7200RPM Hard Disk

• Blu-Ray RW Writer Burn BLU-RAY Disc & DVDs

• 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 Color-Shine (Glare-type)

• Built-in WiFi N / Bluetooth, 720P HD Webcam, USB 3.0

• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM

• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, FREE Microsoft Office 2010 Starter

• EAX Advanced HD 5.0, THX TruStudio

• 2-Years ASUS Global hardware warranty

This is also an option for $2250
your thoughts?
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I7 920 Asus P6T Asus Radeon HD 6990 12 Gig G.skill Trident @1800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120gig OCZ Vertex 2 + WD Caviar Black 2TB Windows 7 Ulti 64 bit 3x Dell U2410 Black Widow Ultimate 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 RED NZXT Phantom Razer Naga Razer Destructor 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 920 Asus P6T Asus Radeon HD 6990 12 Gig G.skill Trident @1800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120gig OCZ Vertex 2 + WD Caviar Black 2TB Windows 7 Ulti 64 bit 3x Dell U2410 Black Widow Ultimate 
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Corsair AX1200 RED NZXT Phantom Razer Naga Razer Destructor 
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post #3 of 4
Check out redbarncomputers.com you should be able to find something there.
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You use Maya for work? Get something with Quadro graphics, period. Look at the Maya benchmarks for the 560M (~8 FPS): http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-560M.48313.0.html

Compared to the entry-level Quadro 1000M (~33 FPS): http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-1000M.47317.0.html


Quadro graphics are faster by a factor of 4! I doubt you'll find a 17" workstation for cheap, there's always the option of buying a gaming laptop that's customizable, and swapping the graphics: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NVIDIA-Quadro-3000M-DDR5-2GB-Mobile-Workstation-Graphics-Card-N12E-Q1-A1-MXM-3-0-/320847346013?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item4ab3fdf95d

I would probably go with a Sager/Clevo or similar, you can get a cheaper one with i7-2670QM for maybe ~$1700 at Logical Blue One.
 
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Phenom II X4 955 BE Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H MSI Hawk R5770 3x2GB G.Skill DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 
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