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Laptop for Animation Programs, Adobe and Gaming?


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#1 FoolsCourage

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 09:45 PM

Hi, I'm trying to decide on a good laptop that can run a good group of big programs like Photoshop, Flash CC, 3D modeling, other animation programs and as well as a few games. 

For this, i would need a memory of 16GB, right? And ideal capacity 1TB. 

However, I'm not sure what a good color/screen quality would be to look for.

More importantly, I don't know whether or not a Windows or Mac would be better. Macs are safer virus-wise, and I'm used to the clean layout, but it can't play the games i'd like it to because they no longer support X11. Then, Windows can run all the games I'd like just fine as well as the programs, however it's more prone to viruses, and the area of business i'm leaning towards prefer Macs, in many cases. 

 

My questions are, firstly, are there alternatives for these problems? And, what ideal storage memory/capacity and computer types should i look for? Specific models are appreciated. Thanks.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 12:40 PM

Macs are safer virus wise


Nope. Not really anymore. I would not consider that a determining factor. Are you certain you have to have a laptop? Laptops are significantly weaker than a similarly priced desktop. 16GB RAM sounds like the right idea.
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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:23 PM

As ScathEnfys pointed out the whole "Macs are safer" point of view really doesn't hold much truth nowadays. So I wouldn't consider that as one of the pro-con points.

 

I have never owned a MAC myself, and probably never will, so I might be a bit biased on that fact.

 

As far as laptop vs. desktop discussion, you can buy some pretty powerful Laptops now so I don't even know that the "significantly weaker" really applies. Though yes you probably will pay a bit more for it, but it all depends on if you want portability or not. So that is up to you.

 

if you are wanting to be able to play some games, then go for the Windows based PC. Be aware, if you want something with a decent graphics card, the laptop will be a bit chunky. Don't go for those slim line "gaming" machines. They will have heat issues and cut life of the laptop pretty quickly.

 

For a decent laptop you are going to spend $1,000 or more for a good machine. I recently just spent about 1500 on a gaming laptop with an i7 and a GTX 970M (16GB of RAM as well).

 

If you go the Windows route, just stay away from sketchy sites, and don't click on anything that looks suspicious. Scan regularly and install an AV, and you'll be fine.


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:58 PM

here is a good post explaining how malware works. If you follow the practices outlined there, you shouldn't have much of an issue with viruses. I agree with the observation that a true powerful laptop will be fairly chunky.
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