View Full Version : Best Laptop for a Digital Media/Gaming & Animation program

07 July 2012, 01:35 PM
Hey all, I'm about to start a program for Digital Media with an emphasis in Gaming and Animation. I've read various pros and cons about graphics cards, suffice it to say I'm confused. I found this laptop on and thought it looked pretty good. If I'm planning on using the typical gamete of programs from Maya-Photoshop etc... What do I need for a good rendering machine, and one that won't stutter as I orbit the screen in Maya?

Any further suggestion would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!

08 August 2012, 11:36 PM
12 GB Memory? WOW

Looks good to me!

08 August 2012, 11:50 PM
I would be VERY cautious about buying a laptop or a monitor from NewEgg. They have a HORRIBLE return policy for those screens.

A couple of years ago I bought a cheap 13" laptop. Didn't think about it until it arrived, but I noticed it had Intel Integrated videocard. Before I even opened the box I called to return it and they would not allow it.

For monitors, I think they require something crazy like 8 dead pixels before they will accept return.

I love NewEgg and buy lots of stuff from them, but never again will I buy a laptop or monitor from them.

Looks like a great laptop though! 12gig ram, i7, and 2gig video ram. Damn! I'd also look into getting a cooler pad for it. I think this is the one I use:

(EDIT: Wow, it's even 1920x1080 for 15". )

08 August 2012, 11:55 PM
I dunno Amazon's return policy, but it's gotta be better than NewEgg's. It's also $150 cheaper:
$1,349.99 -

08 August 2012, 12:10 AM
Are you sure you need a laptop? You can get a more powerful desktop for less money, and a desktop will last quite a bit longer (since it's far easier to upgrade or repair). Plus, the form factor of a desktop and monitors is generally preferable to a laptop.

Of course, if you need to do work on the move, you need a laptop, but at most schools you'll be using lab computers whenever you're on campus, and you'll only need your own computer to work from home.

08 August 2012, 01:28 PM
Thanks for all the input! I'm actually considering getting a 17" laptop, I know it's huge and I'll have to be lugging it around all the time. However I will be commuting 1 hour a day each direction to and from school. I'll have a couple hours between classes so I figure staying on my laptop would be easier. This is the new one I'm looking at.

I do have a nice rig at home though for weekends. However when I took a maya class this last year, I noticed whenever I would orbit around the screen it would slow down. I have the option of using two video cards in my comp. It's a custom build (pretty awesome actually!) I have a Radeon HD 5770 as a graphics card and am wondering if any of you know if this card could be the reason why Maya doesn't look as good? I know this new laptop I'm looking to get has ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM, hoping that will work better with Maya.

Do any of you know how to setup a partition on hard drives? I have a terrabyte and a 40 gig SSD for my desktop. The idea was to have the SSD have just my Operating System on it and store everything else on the tera, however by default everything installs on my C drive (SSD) even when I try to custom install Maya (the student version) Maya would put things on the SSD. Any suggestions how I can move everything to the Terrabyte?

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