Large budget, lots of rendering -- need laptop as close to desktop as possible

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Jacob Root, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Jacob Root

    Jacob Root Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    22
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    26
    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Up to $4500USD (I cannot own a desktop, so I need the best laptop I can get). Need money left over to buy new 27"+ monitor (with high refresh rate) (QHD or higher)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen.

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Seattle, WA.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Anything (don't need flashy well-known brand); except
    b. Dislike: ASUS (two computers from them, both were sketchy)
    c. (my own): Friends with Alienware ten years ago reported some issues that make me apprehensive choosing them (maybe they're really good these days?)

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No (no need).

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    3D rendering, city simulator games (graphic and processing intensive). Specifically using Lumion for rendering, and I like to play Cities Skylines (need strong processor for this game) (Lumion does not support SLI, otherwise I would consider dual GPUs). I will consider dual GPUs if that's a smart investment for the future (though I'm unsure of that).

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Need laptop because I'm a student who works as much in class as at home. Not worried about weight. I have owned gaming laptops before.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes. Cities: Skylines is my favorite game (very intense on processor IIRC), but I'm always checking out new stuff. I enjoy GTA V as well.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    30 mins? In case my power cord accidentally falls out.

    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?
    No need. Specs is my main concern. Not worried about shipping times.

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

    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.)
    Any screen with ≥120Hz refresh rate. FHD, QHD, or UHD is fine (not sure if 120Hz and UHD is a thing). Would prefer at least 17-inch screen. Only working with monitor when at home.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Don't care. I've used and love both for their own reasons.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, in the sense that I don't want something with stupid graphics and lights all over it. Unless I don't have a choice (specs are much more important).

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    As soon as I find the right device

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    As long as possible. Once I'm "grown up", I will move on to a desktop. But I need a laptop for the time being. Ideally at least five years. Willing to spend what I am to get a computer that lasts a while.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    3TB if possible, all SSD (Lumion files are gigantic and I'd prefer to work with built-in drives when possible). Don't want a small OS-only drive.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No. Unless it's included.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
  2. sicily428

    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

    Reputations:
    675
    Messages:
    3,369
    Likes Received:
    1,763
    Trophy Points:
    231
    Msi WT75 or the next tornado f7 for quadro cards
    clevo p870tm for geforce cards
     
    ole!!!, Vistar Shook and Arrrrbol like this.
  3. Arrrrbol

    Arrrrbol Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    638
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    516
    Trophy Points:
    106
    The Clevo P870TM is likely one of the only machines which will fit your requirements: you can have an 8700K, upto 2 1080s, there are 2 SATA ports and 2 M.2 ports so you have plenty of storage potential. The design is also not too flashy, especially if you disable the lights on the back of the display (which are fairly subtle anyway). If you buy one of these though, go for a good reseller like HIDEvolution as they will take care of you with support down the line. I would strongly recommend the Prema BIOS too, as it will remove the throttling caused by the stock Clevo one. You can contact @Donald@HIDevolution if you are interested in one.

    There is also an MSI workstation with an 8th gen socket but I don't believe its for sale anywhere yet.
     
    Vistar Shook and Ultra Male like this.
  4. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    586
    Messages:
    3,928
    Likes Received:
    1,562
    Trophy Points:
    231
    This is a no brainer. Clearly MSI WT 75 with a 8700K and a Quadro P5200.

    @Arrrrbol
    Since he does 3D Rendering I think quadro P5200 in the WT 75 does much better. Also to my knowledge to WT75 is only purchable through MSI, not a reseller. You'll not see the notebook in "the wild".
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
    Arrrrbol likes this.
  5. Jacob Root

    Jacob Root Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    22
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Glad I brought my wallet! Thanks for your help, guys. Any idea where I might be able to buy something like this? Not sure it's even on sale yet. I can't find any purchasing links on MSI's website (other than the "Where to Buy" links). Can't locate a price either.

    Am I reading the specs on the WT75 correctly? 16GB of Video RAM? I didn't know there were any laptops with that much GPU power.
     
    Arrrrbol likes this.
  6. Arrrrbol

    Arrrrbol Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    638
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    516
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Didn't know that, I guess that is why i've never heard of anyone with one. If the OP can buy one i'd say that machine is probably better.

    The Quadro P5200 is based on the same chip as the 1070 and 1080 (GP104), but it has double the VRAM and drivers better suited to workstation tasks (possibly a few other minor changes on a hardware level too).
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
    Vistar Shook likes this.
  7. Jacob Root

    Jacob Root Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    22
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Just to make sure, the drivers aren't so specific that it doesn't run games too well, right? 3D rendering is my main priority, since that's my area of study. But I do enjoy gaming. Don't want to drop this much on a computer that can't even handle GTA V.

    Did a little more research. Doesn't look to be on sale yet.
     
    Arrrrbol likes this.
  8. rlk

    rlk Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    29
    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Eurocom does offer variants of the Sky X9 (aka Clevo P870) with Quadro GPUs. That's the X9W, which has older CPUs. But Eurocom might just be willing to stick a Quadro in an X9C for you. But you might just find yourself hitting that $4500 ceiling quicker than you think.

    I do think the advice to check with HIDevolution is sound, though; they do custom builds of a lot of vendors' systems.
     
    Arrrrbol likes this.
  9. sicily428

    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

    Reputations:
    675
    Messages:
    3,369
    Likes Received:
    1,763
    Trophy Points:
    231
    Check also for an old clevo P870DM with a Prema Bios. You can have a 8700k too and a MXM P5200
     
    Arrrrbol likes this.
  10. Arrrrbol

    Arrrrbol Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    638
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    516
    Trophy Points:
    106
    I'd be shocked if it couldn't handle GTA V. Perhaps not as quick as a 1080, but i would expect it to be within a few percent.
     
    9ac3 and Vistar Shook like this.
Loading...

Share This Page