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Hello. I am looking for a laptop for school, but I also want to game on it.
I will be majoring in graphics design so I need something that is able to run photoshop and the like very well. Any size is good just as long as it can acomplish what I want to acomplish and it can meet my budget.

Thanks for the help,
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post #2 of 10
Get a new Mac Book Pro, most graphic designers use them, and they run games pretty well if you boot from Windows. Just my 2 cents from being a graphic designer, plus you get a discount as a student (and also free ipod if you get it at the right time).
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Ah, thats my one requirement it has to be Windows lol. The school wants it that way.
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post #5 of 10
^^^ You can get amazing windows laptops like that but they're tied to their chargers like a leash. Make sure you keep a spare battery around if you're not going to be around any sockets.

If you want to do graphic design I suggest a larger screen, at least 15", or at least a screen with a high resolution as you will be eventually be working with high resolution files.
    
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That computer is amazing. Do you have first hand knowledge of the computer or did you just find it?

There are a lot of problems that people are complaing about in the reviews...idk if they are true but a BOSD on first boot? Sounds sketchy to me.
Edited by Lunchbox - 1/24/11 at 1:17pm
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post #7 of 10
How about something like this? 15.6", 1080p resolution, GT425M, and a Core i5. You won't be able to max out games but they will still run very well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220875
    
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post #8 of 10
Lunchbox i'm looking for something similar, and i think you might like: NP8130
http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=916
It has a matte screen which as i understand is good for photoshop/graphics stuff.

Or NP8150
http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=920
Glossy screen, upgradeable gpu.

What's holding me back is that they don't work with Nvidias Optimus yet (a driver update might help?) which would help battery life.

Also:
The NP8130 has the Intel Huron River HM65 chipset.
The NP8150 and NP8170 have the Intel Huron River HM67 chipset.

With the QM67 coming out on the 2nd.
The CPU's are all Sandy Bridge though.

I don't know how big a deal this part is, don't know the difference in the chipsets but maybe someone else can elaborate on the significance of this if any?
post #9 of 10
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+L...73jh&cp=1&lp=1

i've had the g73 for 6 months or so now and absolutely love it, use photoshop on it everyday and game as well, don't regret getting it at all...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lunchbox View Post
That computer is amazing. Do you have first hand knowledge of the computer or did you just find it?

There are a lot of problems that people are complaing about in the reviews...idk if they are true but a BOSD on first boot? Sounds sketchy to me.
Most of the problems are PEBKAC, or complaints about bloatware. Bloatware is on ALL laptops prior to buying. Simply uninstall, then run CCleaner. I'd snatch that up in a heartbeat.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KillerBeaz View Post
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+L...73jh&cp=1&lp=1

i've had the g73 for 6 months or so now and absolutely love it, use photoshop on it everyday and game as well, don't regret getting it at all...
This is an awesome one too. Heads up, OP.
Edited by Diabolical999 - 1/24/11 at 2:18pm
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