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Laptop for Game Design Student + Gaming

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ~JoY~, Aug 31, 2006.

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  1. ~JoY~

    ~JoY~ Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    - Less then 2k
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    - Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    - Gaming, 3ds Max, Maya, Flash, CS2

    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    - Bring it with me everywhere. Something light weight please.

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    - Battlefield2, Wc, WoW, Granado Espada, MMOs

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    - Was quite interested in the ASUS W3J, but i've been so into it that I didn't really look at other brands.

    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    - Not too Sure, nv owned a notebook before.. ^^;;

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    - Rather Not

    9) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in?
    Singapore. My country's flag isn't listed in the icon.. =(


    Screen Specifics


    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    - Not much preference.
    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    Don't know whats good.
    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Build Quality and Design


    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Quite. I want something light-ish and slim-ish

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Must last at least 2year. Want it to last around 3years though. Buying it anytime soon i guess... when i find the right one.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 160GB?
    at least 80GB

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
    DVD-RW
     
  2. ~JoY~

    ~JoY~ Notebook Enthusiast

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    Uhh.. yeah, filled out the FAQ thingie.

    Neway, really looking for something that will enable me to use 3ds Max, lag free and also game alot.
    =)

    Also need something light as I'll be bringing it around with me alot.
    Don't wanna get big board shoulders at the end of my 3years in school..
    o.o||

    Do advice~~~

    And yeah, alot of brands aren't available in Singapore.

    Brands that are avaliable are:
    Acer
    Apple
    Asus
    BenQ
    Dell
    Fujitsu
    HP/Compaq
    Lenovo
    LG
    NEC
    Prestigio
    Ranger
    Samsung
    Sony
    Toshiba

    Thanks in advance to those who reply and advice~

    Cheers
    Joy
     
  3. irfysis

    irfysis Notebook Enthusiast

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    My advice is probrably Inspiron 6400/E1505 (they're the same, but its the E1505 is labeled 6400 in some countries, like Canada).

    Although bad build quality and horrible customer service, but if you're lucky your notebook will be fine.
     
  4. loopdot

    loopdot Notebook Geek

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    It seems like you'll need to go with a 14" model, since I'm not aware of any 13" models with powerful graphics cards. I believe the fastest graphics card you can get in a 13" is a Geforce 7400, which probably isn't enough for your needs.

    And if you want a 14" model with a gaming graphics card, it seems like Asus or Compal is your best bet. Maybe you could take a look at that new Asus A8Js with the Geforce 7700.
     
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    famous grouse Notebook Evangelist

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    zadillo Notebook Virtuoso

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    If you're going to be doing a lot of game development plus using 3ds Max and Maya, you really might want to look at a 15 or even 17" screen. The extra screen real estate can come in handy, and you'll also find much more powerful 3d cards, which might also help with 3d rendering.

    You also might want to invest in one of the new Core 2 Duo based systems, since those seem to show real performance gains over Core Duo in 3d rendering.
     
  7. dL.

    dL. Notebook Geek

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    Sony is not available in Singapore? What? Well.. you can always order online.

    dL
     
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    Pitabred Linux geek con rat flail!

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    No, the Sony IS available. That list is of brands that are available.
    But especially for graphics and 3D work, I'd HIGHLY suggest a 15.4" with a 1440x900 or larger screen. It's very much worth it. I don't do as many graphics as I used to, so I don't mind having the slightly smaller machine.
    If you are dead set on getting a smaller one, at least do yourself the favor of getting a second monitor and keyboard for working at home on. Don't frustrate yourself and slow yourself down by not having enough pixels on display.
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The Sony SZ is a 13.3" machine with a dedicated Go7400 graphics card. If you want the best graphics performance, then step up to a 14". The Go7600/X1600 are almost twice as powerful as that.

    Check the prices on the Samsung X60 if you can get it - nice machine. It's a bit bigger than you wanted, but very nice. I don't know any specific models in BenQ's JoyBook lineup, but those are worth a good look too.
     
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    zadillo Notebook Virtuoso

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    I still just have to think that working with 3ds Max or Maya one a 13 or 14" screen would be kind of irritating. I don't know though, anyone here work with this kind of software on a 14" laptop screen?
     
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    ~JoY~ Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the replies guys.
    ^^

    Was thinking the BenQ JoyBook S73's specs looked pretty good for the price they're offering here. [SDG$1.8k]
    But I've nv had any friend who uses BenQ notebooks, so I don't know hows the performance.

    Oh yes, and Sony SZ is nice.. XD

    About the bigger screen thingie, I've considered that too, but bigger screen laptops are usually very very heavy [to me.. im a petite girl.. haha.. only 155cm tall.. ^^;;]
    If I need to get a bigger screen one, I think it'll be better for me to get another desktop, more powerful, but cheaper in price too.
    Just that I can't bring it to school. [Though my sch provides powerful desktops to work with too.]

    Sorry, I stopped reading up on notebooks and such after the core duo came out.
    haha.. Will have to do some research on the other new models you guys mentioned and also this Core 2 Duo.

    Thanks for all the reccomendations~
    =)
     
  12. zadillo

    zadillo Notebook Virtuoso

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    One thing I'll recommend; if you already have 3ds Max, Maya, etc.......... try and set your current computer's resolution to the resolution of whatever laptop you are going to get. This should at least give you some idea of the actual workable space you'll have to use (and you can sort of figure out the size difference between your monitor and the actual laptop screen), and see if it is comfortable for you.

    There are a few 15" notebooks on the market that are fairly thin and lightweight..... Asus and Apple are two that come to mind. I'm thinking one of Asus's thin 15" models might be a good compromise for what you're looking for.

    -Zadillo
     
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    ~JoY~ Notebook Enthusiast

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    3ds Max etc are on my school's desktop for now.
    [My home desktop is horrible.. thats why I want to get a new system.. hehe..]

    I liked the MacBook Pro, but Mac os, doesn't support 3ds Max yet right?
    Even if I were to use the boot thingie thing, I heard some of these progs doesn run very well still on a Mac.
    =(
     
  14. zadillo

    zadillo Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yeah, 3ds Max is Windows only..... Maya, Flash and CS2 are available for OS X though. You would need to install Windows on a MacBook Pro to run 3ds though.

    For what you're doing, I would say that getting one of Asus's thin 15" models is probably not a bad idea (I only mentioned the MBP as another very thin 15" model..... the MBP would be more expensive though plus you would have to factor in the additional cost of buying a Windows license).

    Anyway, that's the main thing, if you have a chance, maybe try runnings 3ds on your computer desktop at a resolution close to one of the laptops you're looking at. It will at least give you a good idea if you'll be comfortable working at the resolutions you might need to use with a 13 or 14" laptop.

    -Zadillo
     
  15. chrisyano

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    If you like the Sony SZ and are willing to go with the weaker go 7400, then the ASUS W7J may be worth a look.

    The ASUS A8J series is a cheaper alternative to the W3J. Doesn't have the classic styling though.

    In 15.4" there are many more options but are about 1-2 lbs. heavier.
     
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    Not sure if I can be of any help, since i am also going to get my first notebook today or after the weekend (here). this is the one I am aiming at:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Vaio-VGN-FE21M-Multimedia-Notebook.1360.0.html

    What impressed me was the screen (never noticed any ilumination problems in the shop, in a dark room), it seems rather cool and definatly has a nice design.
    Problems might be finding it in your country. I saw same model with the
    VGN 111S name (in a sony dealer shop in Sofia), so model name might differ over at where you live.
     
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    HP nc8430, its 15.4 inch, but excellent notebook none the less.
     
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