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Old 04-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Portable computer?

I'm going to work in a hot climate, and I need the computer to be portable (fitting in a big bag I can carry from one flat to another), but I'm afraid notebooks overheat easily, so I'm thinking about something more reliable. I need it for zbrush, 3ds max, and some CPU-intensive stuff as well from time to time (rendering normal maps, AO etc).
What do you think would be appropriate?
 
Old 04-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Well I'm not sure you have to many options outside of a laptop. Unless your going out in the middle of the desert in Qatar where its 40c, you should be fine with any of those work oriented laptops. Those Intel chips work fine in the 60-70c range.
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I'm going to work in a hot climate, and I need the computer to be portable (fitting in a big bag I can carry from one flat to another), but I'm afraid notebooks overheat easily, so I'm thinking about something more reliable. I need it for zbrush, 3ds max, and some CPU-intensive stuff as well from time to time (rendering normal maps, AO etc).
What do you think would be appropriate?

How hot and for how long? A decent laptop that's not an ultrathin with a good ventilation base can take a fair bit of punishment. If you're talking Middle Eastern desert though (if the sand wasn't a bigger problem sooner anyway) in the open air even normal PCs struggle as your heat exchange medium starts from 45 up.
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Thank you for the replies! A fellow had his notebook burnt due to overheat using zbrush, and it was a good dell. What models would you recommend? It's not superhot, just a usual 30-40 climate on the sea.

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A properly setup micro ATX system could be a perfect fit. It would be bigger than a laptop but you could still carry it around with the monitor and peripherals in one trip. It would also cost a lot less than a comparable laptop.
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A properly setup micro ATX system could be a perfect fit. It would be bigger than a laptop but you could still carry it around with the monitor and peripherals in one trip. It would also cost a lot less than a comparable laptop.


Maybe it's better, as I won't carry it too much. It will be located in premises except from transportation. I just can't carry my midtower with 27 inch monitor.
I just didn't know how it's named, so thank you.
 
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Maybe it's better, as I won't carry it too much. It will be located in premises except from transportation. I just can't carry my midtower with 27 inch monitor.
I just didn't know how it's named, so thank you.


There's also some proprietary small form factor systems, like those from Shuttle.

http://us.shuttle.com/R5_7900P.aspx

Though they will cost a little more than a standard micro ATX based system.
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There's also some proprietary small form factor systems, like those from Shuttle.

http://us.shuttle.com/R5_7900P.aspx

Though they will cost a little more than a standard micro ATX based system.


We've got a few Shuttle's here. They are nice and portable. Like a large toaster. Will even take a full size GPU.
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Seems like a nice thing, how much did it cost you?
 
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Seems like a nice thing, how much did it cost you?


You can get them as barebones kits at many price points depending on what type of CPU you need.
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