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show user profile  SavageModeling
How's it going, I'm looking into getting a laptop as I travel a lot and need a laptop to get work done on the road. I'm currently using 3DS max, AfterEffects, photoshop, etc. I also am a bit of a gamer, so I'd like a laptop that could handle the latest games as well.

My budget is topped at $3000 USD and was wondering what people thought is the best deal/value for the money. I've looked at many systems, and found that Dell/Alienware rigs have the performance I need, but are extremely expensive for what you get. I started to look at ASUS, but couldn't really find anywhere to build my own. Sager has a real nice set-up, but I was wondering about their quality and performance.

Any help would be appreciated, I'm not a big hardware guy, so info on min reqs would be helpful too. Thanks for your time.
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3/28/2009 10:31:29 AM (last edit: 3/28/2009 10:31:29 AM)
show user profile  Stephen R.
Id go with an alienware M17 with the Quad-Core option and slap in 4gb of ram on your own (about $150 savings over their price and you'll get better quality ram modules). If you really want to game hardcore with it hook up the ATI CrossfireX option and its still under 3K. Just remember, your battery life is gonna suck if you are rendering in 3DS Max or AfterEffects, or anytime you are Gaming, so expect to have to be near an outlet at all times to do any work or gaming.

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3/28/2009 11:24:30 AM (last edit: 3/28/2009 11:24:30 AM)
show user profile  Gav_b_uk
Asking for a lot there....keep in mind that Alienware are way over-priced for what they deliver....I'd have a further look around and you'll find other companies that deliver similar spec of systems that are a fraction of the price...ROCK for example. Buuurrp!
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3/28/2009 11:53:27 AM (last edit: 3/28/2009 11:53:27 AM)
show user profile  npcph
I have a dell M90 for about a year and a half now (not sure if they make it anymore, but sure they have a replacement) I run all photoshop, illustrator, 3d studio max 7, and a host of other software including games. 2 gig of ram and 512 meg video card. everything works very well even if i have a 800 meg photoshop file open and a 1.5 million poly max file. i've had a few problems over the year and a half, but i just log onto their online chat session and i get immediate responce and everything is fixed within a day or so. never a major problem, just minor issues though. I've been een very happy with the laptop and the service. I spent about $2100 USD on it and got a pretty decent system (at the time). just my opinon

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3/28/2009 12:36:02 PM (last edit: 3/28/2009 12:36:02 PM)
show user profile  dd
boxx have just brought out a dual quad laptop :)

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3/28/2009 12:46:12 PM (last edit: 3/28/2009 12:46:12 PM)
show user profile  SavageModeling
Thanks for all the help guys. Yeah, battery life isn't a huge concern as I can usually plug in, wherever I'm at. I did check out the ROCK website previously but I just didn't trust it really, but if they do goood work, I may give them a second chance. Thanks again for all the help, more comments are welcome.
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3/29/2009 8:48:40 AM (last edit: 3/29/2009 8:48:40 AM)
show user profile  donvella
cant seem to find the dual quad boxx's anywhere (laptop). Core2 Quad is not 2x Quad btw.

Ive had my Quad 2.67, 4gb ram, 8800gtx notebook by Sager/Clevo/Metabox/Alienware (all same company) for over a year now and its bloody fast, i use it for work every day, best thing ive baught in years. It is aging though, and i would suggest no less then a quad core notebook with 6-8gb ram, and if you can budget the 280GTX (they released the mobile versions for notebooks) then your laughing. I payed $3500 AUD over a year ago, so i wouldnt expect to pay more then 2grand for that same system now.

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3/29/2009 7:09:24 PM (last edit: 3/29/2009 7:09:53 PM)
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