I'm wanting to purchase a new laptop but I've been out of the 'tech' field for so long that I no longer know the best options for what I want. I'm a Research Pathologist which means I need to run statistical software; however, I also specialize in 3D reconstructive design so I'll need to run 3D design software such as Maya, ZBrush, Blender, etc. I know these programs utilize the system in different ways - ex. ZBrush is purely a CPU based engine while Maya relies heavily on the GPU - but I'm wanting a system that can handle either. This is straight forward - good Graphics card and good CPU. Now the hard part, as a research pathologist, 50% of my day is spent within the classroom or laboratory where heavy noise would cause distractions and power outputs are limited. Therefore, I need a system which delivers the CPU/GPU-based power necessary for my design and statistical software but still remains relatively quiet and can hold a charge. This sounds like an impossibility; however, is it possible to reduce the system's specs in order to conserve battery and decrease noise output. In the classroom, the general office software and a few small, non-demanding applications are used so the CPU/GPU power isn't needed in this area. Even if it is possible to reduce specs, would it reduce the noise output to a level that is non-distracting and increase battery to ~5hrs. I know the quick and easy answer: buy two systems - a piece of crap for the classroom and a beast for the office; but, I would like it to remain singular if possible. I built a machine through HIDevolution. I'm pretty certain it will handle the software I need to run but I don't believe it will be quiet or have the battery life I need. The specs are as follows: LCD Panel * 15.6" 4K QFHD (3840x2160) Samsung PLS LED Backlit Antiglare Matte Type Display w/ NVIDIA G-Sync Technology +$100.00 Video Card * nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 w/ 8GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA G-Sync Enabled w/ Unlocked Prema vBIOS - Latest Updated Version once available - Contact us for details Prema BIOS * Prema Custom BIOS - Latest Updated Version once available - Contact us for details Processor * 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6820HK Quad Core Processor, 2.7GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.6GHz), 8MB Smart Cache +$125.00 Thermal Paste * Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra 100% Metal Thermal Interface on CPU, IC Diamond on GPU - BEST PERFORMANCE+$30.00 Memory * 16GB (1 x 16GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR4/2800MHz +$110.00 RAID Options * no RAID (1st drive as primary boot drive, 2nd drive as storage drive) M.2 PCIe NVMe or SATA SSD Slot 1 * Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 3D-VNAND SSD - Up to 2,200 MB/s Read-900 MB/s Write+$210.00 M.2 SSD Slot 2 (supports M.2 SATA - does NOT support M.2 PCIe SSD) * 500GB Samsung 850 EVO (3D VNAND TECH) M.2 SATA SSD +$192.00 1st 2.5" HDD/SSD Bay * Empty HDD bay (with caddy/adapter) -$30.00 2nd 2.5" SSD Bay * Empty HDD bay (with caddy/adapter) External Optical Drive External Bluray read/write DVDRW drive +$85.00 Wireless Cards * Intel® Wireless-AC 8260 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 NGFF w/ Bluetooth 4.2 +$20.00 Operating System * Genuine Windows® 10 Pro, 64bit, English +$130.00 Operating System Reinstallation Media OS Reinstallation + Drivers USB Flash Drive +$25.00 Power Adapter * Full Range 230W AC Adapter AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz Internal Battery * 1 x 4 cell battery - 60Wh (Internal) Is there any suggests that you all could give as how to get performance without sacrificing battery or serenity ?