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GPU isn't that important since it will only be used for geometry in the viewport. The CPU is important. Cache is going to help but you reall need high IPC and as many cores as possible (kind of like folding). Quadro might be better for more stable drivers and better CUDA support in case he'll use CAD siftware capable of GPU accelerations.

In short, get a CPU with as much and efficient threads as possible (Ivy 4/8 or Sandy 6/12) with highest clocks as possible and an entry level Quadro. SLI is pointless unless he games.

OK, so I do need to look at the i7 Extreme 3900 series CPU's. Or would you offer a suggestion? I actually discovered the same thing you just told me on the GPU. I'm snowed in so I've been researching this stuff. Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated. Money is not really an issue, but at the same time I don't want to go overboard with excessive and unnecessary overkill. I'm waiting to see what his current machine has in it. It may be a simple matter of adding/replacing RAM or even just a thorough cleaning along with replacing the TIM due to excessive temps causing his shut downs. I haven't worked on a lot of laptops, but I find that the above are usually culprits when enexpected shut downs are an issue. I've replaced bad RAM sticks in two machines, along with cleaned them out and both times the owner's claimed they worked better and faster than when they were new.
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Yeah, usually cleaning it and sometimes a fan replacement does the trick for me when I work on other people laptops.
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Yeah, usually cleaning it and sometimes a fan replacement does the trick for me when I work on other people laptops.

I find references to replacing stock fans with better ones but have been unsuccesful in finding any. Do they make them? I'm assuming they do but I can't find a supplier. I've also seen references to drilling additional air flow holes, but once again haven't found any details.
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Yeah 3920/3940XM and K1000M should be fine. Or K5000M for apps that support GPU acceleration in render steps (fur, particle physics, smoke). Really depends on the app, but for what you described even a K500 or K1000 should be enough.

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Yeah, usually cleaning it and sometimes a fan replacement does the trick for me when I work on other people laptops.

I find references to replacing stock fans with better ones but have been unsuccesful in finding any. Do they make them? I'm assuming they do but I can't find a supplier. I've also seen references to drilling additional air flow holes, but once again haven't found any details.

I've never seen better ones. Just spare replacements. I only mentioned it because often times I found the fan to be dead or impossible to "oil". When i find a fan I just search up ebay.
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Yeah 3920/3940XM and K1000M should be fine. Or K5000M for apps that support GPU acceleration in render steps (fur, particle physics, smoke). Really depends on the app, but for what you described even a K500 or K1000 should be enough.

Drives the price up pretty dramatically! But if he's as serious as he claims to be about eliminating failures, then I guess he'll have to bite the bullet.....
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The next person that asks me to clean their laptop, I'm going to freaking charge them. -_-
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The next person that asks me to clean their laptop, I'm going to freaking charge them. -_-


You should.  I would charge them $75 just to turn it on, then go up from there.

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You should.  I would charge them $75 just to turn it on, then go up from there.

Truf. I believe everyone in TC has proven they're skilled labor, so massive mark-ups are in order biggrin.gif
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Drives the price up pretty dramatically! But if he's as serious as he claims to be about eliminating failures, then I guess he'll have to bite the bullet.....
It's always interesting to see how quickly people change their tune from "money is no object" to "I didn't mean THAT much"

Had a guy ask for a computer that would do anything, money was no object and he wouldn't get more specific. I quoted him a 8x16-thread CPU socket 1566 bare bones with nearly 1TB of RAM, 16 disk RAID6 (28TB, double redundant) and 8 Quadro cards, with 4 separate water cooling loops and 8+4 redundant 1kW PSUs at a little over $100k. He suddenly got a LOT more specific for what he wanted... I was a little sad because I WANTED to build him that computer.
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The next person that asks me to clean their laptop, I'm going to freaking charge them. -_-
I charge $50 for a cleaning and diag. If a computer is really dirty I charge and extra $10 or $20 for the disgusting factor. If anything is living in it I keep the money and hand it back to them untouched in a biohazard bag.
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