Yeah, I was looking at the new G2 laptops, yet, I'm not sure wheather a X1700GPU will be up to the task of 3D modelling and light gaming of the latest stuff.
I'm not going to get the Dell listed above by the way
It came in at 55 mins battery life, and isn't exactly as portable as I'd like, as its more a desktop.
I'm wondering wheather I should get a laptop with just a 3D card for modelling and so won't run games very well... Like there are a few laptops with a Quadro chip built in.
But that'll probably be limiting me, and would suit probably a latest gaming chip instead which may actually offer more performance...
I'm also worried about Widescreen, as alot tend to be now, yet I believe that'll limit me too, since alot of programs/games still don't work right with widescreen settings.
Plus, looking at some more Dell laptops, I'm confused as to what processor is really the best to go for. I mean, looking at the specs, there are only slight differences in MHZ between each one, yet costs alot more:
Intel® Core™2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz 2MB L2 cache 667MHz FSB) [subtract £60.00]
Intel® Core™2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz 2MB L2 cache 667MHz FSB) [Included in Price]
Intel® Core™2 Duo T7200 (2.0GHz 4MB L2 cache 667MHz FSB) [add £100.00]
Intel® Core™2 Duo T7400 (2.16GHz 4MB L2 cache 667MHz FSB) [add £230.00]
Intel® Core™2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz 4MB L2 cache 667MHz FSB) [add £430.00]
So so confused... I want the best for rendering speeds, BUT, if there isn't really going to be that much difference in speed, the price premium probably isn't worth getting the full 7600 model for instance...
And since you can't upgrade laptops too much, when new technologies come out, I'd probably like to switch to get even faster speeds (But not for about 3 years since 3D modelling doesn't really take any more processing as time goes by, unlike games), in which case, spending £2000-3000 may just be a waste.
What about this:
It has a great gaming card too, which will also push polygons in 3D modelling to the highest I can possibly muster.
Not bad, ends up to be 2034.28 UK pounds, with the T7600 (Has a better battery life apparently as wlel as speed), 2GB's memory, 100GB SATA 7200RPM hard drive, Media Centre 2005 with Viesta Home Premium exception card, and of course, I can't forget the Nvidia 7950GTX with 512MB of mem!
And all those pretty lights, OoOoO...
I'm serious about this one. As soon as I get my student loan, I'll buy it.
When I get the money from my job for it after about 4 months, place this in a seperate bank account, and then pay the loan back when I'm earning 15 grand or more, which I'll already have the money for.
Plus, theres no interest!
I could drop the Nvidia 7950GTX to the 7900GTX, which will save me a few quid, since I probably won't be getting many new games, and when Direct X 10 comes out, it'll be pretty pointless anyway once it gets started, but, for 3D modelling should be perfect.