Need help finding an affordable workstation

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  1. Archstudent00

    Archstudent00 Newbie

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    I have been looking and researching online for a laptop that can power through 3d modeling and final image rendering for 2000$ or less. I have found the Asus proart studiobook 15, the MSI PS65, and the MSI creator 15 links below. I like the clean aesthetic of these laptops and apparent color accuracy. I'm just wondering which of these has the best thermal performance. Thanks for your help! (Further details below)


    https://store.asus.com/us/item/202004AM090000001

    https://xoticpc.com/products/msi-cr...KSqwmVOcKwPrvv5ht8PWz-3PpNclAHqMaAhVREALw_wcB

    MSI P65 Creator-1084 15.6" 4K UHD Display, Ultra-Thin and Light, RTX Studio Laptop, Intel Core i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2060, 32GB DDR4, 1TB Teton $ 1,794.84

    1) What is your budget?
    2000$
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    United states

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: anything
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished? Would prefer it not be.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    3d modeling and rendering with light gaming.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Real time strategy, turn based games. (Total war, civilization)
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4 hours would be enough.

    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?
    Buying online is ok.
    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows.
    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    I need a 1080 full HD screen at least 4k would be nice but not easy to find in price range.
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    I'm fine with either.
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    I like a clean minimalist look.
    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    512 gb
    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within the next couple of weeks
    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-4 years
    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    A few weeks.
    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    It's acceptable to ship the laptop to the vendor.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I would suggest looking for a workstation in the outlets - HP, Lenovo and Dell all have them. A workstation will offer a GPU that is more suited to your uses than a gaming card. There you will find mostly returns sold with a nice discount, so you'll get better bang for your buck. As long as it's not marked scratch and dent, it should look new. You'll get at least a year of warranty, sometimes more depending on the model.
     
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    Thanks this is a big help!
     
  4. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I can't speak for the MSI P65 Creator but I have used the Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 and it has good thermals. In fact Asus advertises it as not throttling under load. It's also reasonably quiet, especially next to the gaming notebooks out there.
    The downside with the Asus next to the MSI is that it doesn't have Thunderbolt 3 or a webcam, if you need either of those. Both machines have just a one-year warranty standard so be sure to upgrade that. You don't need anything special, just the most basic three-year warranty.

    You should research whether your apps benefit from a Quadro GPU versus a GeForce card. If it's OpenGL-based work then you might want to get a Quadro, in which case the business workstations ZaZ recommended are the way to go. My suggestion is the HP ZBook 15 (not the 15v, just the regular 15, which is their high-end 15.6-inch workstation) from the HP Outlet. (See our outlet shopping guide.) Notebooks in the HP Outlet will only have a one year warranty unlike the Dell outlet, where the machines generally retain their original-length warranties, but upgrading to three years is not expensive, just ask them when you call to check out.

    Charles
     
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    bobbie424242 Notebook Guru

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    Ed. Yang Notebook Evangelist

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    The upcoming release of AMD-based Legion 5 will beat the rest in price and performance. Only if TS is not in the rush to get a workstation now...
     
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