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post #1 of 11
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So I'm getting a laptop for my work. I'm a programmer, web designer, and graphic editor.

What brand and specs do you recommend for the likes of me?
Edited by groomdedz - 12/13/12 at 12:33am
post #2 of 11
It's a laptop, and you're doing debatably hard CPU bound work... So AMD is out of the question.

Budget? Also, do you treat laptops like crap or do you keep them safe? It actually matters, because there's a premium to pay for something that can take a beating.
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post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KyadCK View Post

It's a laptop, and you're doing debatably hard CPU bound work... So AMD is out of the question.
Budget? Also, do you treat laptops like crap or do you keep them safe? It actually matters, because there's a premium to pay for something that can take a beating.

My budget is up to $ 1,000 only. Well I'm a responsible user, I care for my things especially if I will use for work.
post #4 of 11
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What do you think of this?

MSI GE60 ONC-i5185





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Specifications:

CPU: Intel Core™ i5-3210 2.5GHz 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge

Chipset: Intel HM76

Memory: 8GB DDR3

LCD Size: Anti-glare 15.6" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlight

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT650M

Graphics VRAM: 2GB GDDR5

HDD: 500GB SATA

Optical Drive: Super-Multi DVD

Audio: Audio Boost, 4(2Wx4) HD Speakers, THX True Studio Pro

Webcam: HD Webcam (30 fps @ 720p)

Card Reader: SD (XC/HC) / MMC / MS (PRO) / XD

LAN: 10 / 100 / 1000

Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth: v.40

D-Sub (VGA): 1

HDMI: 1

USB 2.0 Port: 2

USB 3.0 Port: 2

Mic-in / Headphone-out: 1 / 1

Keyboard: Made by SteelSeries 103 Keys

AC Adapter: 120W

Battery: 6 Cells

Dimension: 383 x 249.5 x 37.6 ~ 32.3mm

Weight (KG): 2.4 kg (w/ Battery)
post #5 of 11
That MSI makes reasonably good things, a 650M would allow for light gaming, and the CPU should get the job done.

6-cell battery is a bit light, and 1366x768 is pretty low res these days, but if you can put up with it, that's fine.

That's actually a model of MSI I haven't seen before, looks good.
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post #6 of 11
A i5 with 4-8GB of RAM is enough for programming/graphic design. I sometimes run big illustrations in Illustrator or multiple tabs in Dreamweaver and I no where near the cpu limit, if anything it is the ram.

GPU acceleration with Photoshop can help but a better option would be to go for something with better screen real estate (Resolution wise) or the quality itself.

Another option would be a second hand 2010+ 15"/17" or 2011+ (13" or better MBA, MBP) Macbook under warranty.
All above models have a i5 or better.
Screen Quality/High grade TN panels
Keyboard and Build Quality
Versatility of being able to run OSX, Windows and Lunix without the need for VMs or Hackintosh/x86 workarounds on the same machine.
Edited by ivr56 - 12/13/12 at 3:56pm
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post #7 of 11
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Can I play games like Starcraft 2, Anno 1404, and Civilization 5 in full settings with that laptop? I'm sure I will be gaming in the office when there's nothing to do lol.
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Originally Posted by groomdedz View Post

Can I play games like Starcraft 2, Anno 1404, and Civilization 5 in full settings with that laptop? I'm sure I will be gaming in the office when there's nothing to do lol.

Well, it looks like the 650m is around on par with a GTX 640, maybe a bit weaker (based on Core count, Core speed, and VRAM), so we'll base it on that I guess.

SCII: Always been a CPU bound game... You may get dragged down a bit in larger matches, but you should be able to play it.


Civ V: Well, on low anyway.


Anno 1404 I couldn't find a bench for, sorry.
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post #9 of 11
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But that's for 1680 x 1050. If a lower resolution like 1366 x 768, maybe we get a bigger fps improvement even with high texture settings.

Thanks a lot man.
+rep for you!
post #10 of 11
Just buy a lenovo Y580 or Sager NP9130
     
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