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Hello,
Upcoming student of a Game development course here. I'd like some help with what laptop I'd need. Sadly my university is currently closed for easter and I have to make a choice now and if i have to preorder, I cant wait. I've already talked to one professor though and he could only list the applications we will be using. Off the top of my head thats Unity, 3ds max, torque, C++ and java..
So to the main question. .the course will last 3 years and sadly I cant build my own desktop and as ive never bought a laptop id like some help on what to buy. I need something that will last through the years or that is upgradeable..Price range can go up to anything as long as its worth its money, mainly leaning on limiting my money to 2.2k$
I've already seen Alienware, Razer and Origin products but as I know nothing about laptops id like help on whether they are worth it or theres something better. Preferably tips from a game designer aswell 
Thanks in advance! !
And sorry if this is the wrong thread:)
post #2 of 19
I was a game dev student as well at one point, but my dilemma wasn't as bad as yours as i had a powerful desktop.

I would look for something using one of the professional version discrete gpus (Quadro for example), and maybe even a MacBook Pro or something as I constantly hear people referring those for professional work and the like.

Alienware, Razer, and Origin are great for gaming, and plenty powerful (comparatively), but there are better options. Lenova seems to have a couple nice options. I googled:
quadro in laptop

and got several good hits for research.
Good luck!
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Take a good look at the Lenovo W540 with the integrated Quadro K2100M. 3DSMax will take advantage of the NVidia Quadro pro CUDA drivers. The system is well built, reasonably priced, and has very nice display choices. I hear the 15.5" 3K IPS display choice is fantastic, but the 15.6" 1080p is very nice too.

Greg
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would a quadro gpu be able to run games at top performance?
post #6 of 19
Quadro's and FirePro's can't run games as well as their desktop variants due to drivers and at times lower clocks but they are as stable as it gets. Their drivers are optimised for certain programs and thus they accelerate them beyond what a consumer GPU could do.
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do u reckon I would need a Quadro gpu for those programs? (Maya unity 3ds max etc) or would a normal gaming pc setup cover me?
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I would personally go for the Quadro, and the one mentioned above by Lenovo I was leaning towards too. It can probably run most modern games fairly well also, but don't go in expecting 'ultra' settings biggrin.gif I would also go for the 3k version, because if you're rendering the point is for it to be pretty biggrin.gif
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You won't need a Quadro. I'm currently doing a similar - thought slightly more advanced, I think - games dev. course. You won't be doing anything complex enough to warrant non-gaming hardware; those sorts of assets take teams of people weeks to develop, and the course couldn't be affectively taught in a reasonable time if this were the case. You'll probably be working mostly with Unity's free assets, maybe making simple stuff with 3DS Max, etc.

Honestly, for what you'll be doing, a budget gaming laptop will be plenty. I know people making some amazing stuff with GT 540Ms in their machines. If you'd like a higher spec machine, for whatever reason - you'd like something to play non-work games on, you just like fast machines, whatever - then by all means go nuts. I'm just saying this so that you know the requirements for only game dev are actually pretty low.

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post #10 of 19
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Well they told me that we'll be mainly using Unity, c++ and 3ds max and am currently leaning towards an m18x so it can last me for a few years aswell
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