First, let me thank you all for your time (i’ve spent several hours reading this forums though this is my first post), and please accept my apologies for my english as it’s not my first language.
I’m looking to buy a new computer, preferably a laptop to “work” mainly with Maya. I’ve learning for some time now, and I DO NOT try to be a professional, but I know I like this stuff so much and I want a computer that does not make wait 5 minutes for 640x480 mental ray preview quality “quick render”. Also, I AM a gamer. The graphics card perfomance on games it’s important to me.
So, I have about $3000-$3500 to spend on a laptop (IMPORTANT: if there’s no valid set up in a laptop, just tell me and I’ll buy a desktop pc).
Here are some premises that I’m using to make this (for me) important decision:
I can keep my actual computer to work with software development (what i’m actually been paid for) and music producing.
The new computer will be used only for Maya, RealFlow Zbrush, After Effects, Photoshop (you’ll know, for sure better than me, since I’m only starting) AND playing MMORPG games.
MMORPG games MUST perform ok. I don’t need 60FPS, but a constant 24+ FPS would be good.
Maya should run without any issues (or the least possible issues) when modeling large meshes with lots of polygons.
I don’t mind if a final render takes lots of time, but the “quick render” should be pretty fast, just to see what I’m doing (very important for a newbie).
I’m learning to use RealFlow, and simulations are awfully slow even with low resolutions and they use a LOT of RAM. It would be good to speed this up, but it’s not that important.
Since I’m learning I’m not sure what speficic CG techniques I’d like to master in the future: modeling, texturing, lighting… so I need and average good computer.
I’d like my new computer to be a labtop, but the ones I’ve found don’t seem to be de best choice, so if you tell me “get yourself a desktop computer” that what I’ll do
I could buy a Mac, but I definetly prefer Windows PC.
This are the options I have so far, but none of them have Autodesk certified graphic cards (should I worry about that? I’m not sure what that certification means).
MSI GT Series GT70 2OD-039US (SOOOO ugly)
What do you think? I’m on the right path? Thank you all for your time