Laptop for graphic design, video editing, and gaming

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  1. 7leagueboot

    7leagueboot Notebook Consultant

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Up to $8000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    17"+
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    France, UK, or Italy

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: MSI
    b. Dislike: HP
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    No.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    As stated in subject of this thread. I tend to have several graphics programs open at the same time so plenty of graphics power is a must.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Both although it will only travel to my accountant twice a year and be switched on for under an hour. Otherwise it will remain in my office.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    Yes. I have a preference for games like Skyrim, Fallout, and Lord of the Rings.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    90 mins should suffice.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Online purchase is ok.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Win 7 but everything comes with that POS 10 now. :mad:

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

    1920x1080 or above.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

    Don't care. If it is very good and has a 120 Hz refresh rate that should do the trick.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Yes.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    ASAP

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    5 to 7 years.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

    At least 2 TB with a 512 GB SSD for the operating system.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Not really as I have a perfectly good external Blu-Ray burner I can connect to a USB 3.0 port.

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    I'm keen on the GT73VR or better. Can't make up my mind whether to go for 2x GTX1070's or 1080's in SLI. And I would like to know why some NBR experts dislike MSI's?

    I'm a very difficult customer to satisfy because I want an English O/S and an Italian keyboard. Dell had no problem supplying that but MSI flatly refuse unless I buy in Italy but they tell me that my warranty will only work in Italy and I live in France. The French keyboard is totally unacceptable due to AZERTY and having to shift for numbers; plus they won't supply the O/S in English.

    Maybe I should be looking elsewhere as it seems customer satisfaction is not important to MSI ... but who and what?
     
  2. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Notebook Prophet

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    if gaming is a lesser priority than the graphics and video work maybe peek at a workstation unit?

    I don't game at all but have worked in DTP, broadcast video editing etc for decades ... and with the exception of the 1080 gpu you might be better served by a 17" workstation unit such as the Dell Precision 7510, the HP Zbook 17 ( no its not the same as HP's consumer crap ) and my new favorite the Lenovo P70.

    you can have wide gamut and very very good screens in all 3, the P70 will do a Xeon processor and 64GB of RAM if this is a production unit. ( I make my living off of them ) I am sure you can order with almost any keyboard you want in any of those three models as well. plus global support is far far superior ( I have 5 year NBD with accidental on 2 ). These machines WILL last for years my old 8740W from 2011 is still perfect after 6 years of heavy abuse.

    Downside .... they tend to use Professional GPU's great for us that do animation and 3D work and a hit to gaming. I do not know if anyone makes a 1080 MXM card to put in one of these monstrosities but an m5000m I believe games the same as a 1080 and will blow through Adobe Premier and AVID like a hot knife through butter but you will pay a substantial premium for that GPU.

    a bonus you can order the Zbook 17 and the P70 for certain with Windows 7 as I added one more of each to my kit yesterday.

    if you do go that way its normally better to order extra hard drives and do it on your own. im configuring mine with an m2 2T SSD and then adding a 4T 2.5" SSD to both
     
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  3. 7leagueboot

    7leagueboot Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks very much for your input KCE. I had never thought about going down the route of professional laptops. I will do some research on the ones you have mentioned this weekend.
     
  4. Krowe

    Krowe Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, if you're using it for professional purposes, you should go the professional route. Mobile workstations like Precisions can be ordered with a 5 year NBD onsite warranty, which guarantees that your laptop is good for at least 5 years. I'm not aware of any vendor of consumer notebooks that sells their products with more than 3 years of warranty. However, how useful a top end mobile workstation is after 5 years is a different story.

    Plus, ECC and Quadros are very useful in the workplace, that's why people like myself have to drop $12000 on graphics so that real work can be done.
     
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