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#1 uTgh4K33

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:06 AM

Hello everyone, and thanks in advance for the help!

 

 

I'm copying the provided sheet. In short, I have a very well equiped desktop that I use for digital ilustration, video editing and 3D modeling / sculpting, but I plan to have a laptop too, so I can move to differents events that take place in my country (comic cons, game cons & jams, festivals, board games demos, and wherever I can find interesting projects).

 

Thanks again for taking the time to give me some advice!

 

 

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop!
 
My budget for the new computer is:  200 - 600 € 
 
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?     To make my digital ilustrations, video editions and maybe some 3D sculpting.
 
What software do you intend on using on the computer?             Mostly Photoshop, maybe some another software like Corel Painter for ilustrations and cómic ; After effects for video ; Maya, I'm sure I could still find use for this one ; and probably Zbrush.
 
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?           Not usually, and I've got another computer for that.
 
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?           Sometimes I have 2 or 3 + browser, I don't expect the same performance in a laptop but some works would need 2 at the same time.
 
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?        Lots of pictures for reference galleries, a lot of space is always useful (but not really a need)
 
Will you be overclocking?  Nope.
 
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?    Andalucía, Spain.
 
How many monitors are you planning to use?      Just 1.
 
Do you need peripherals? OS?         I plan to use my HUION tablet. 
 
 
 
 


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 12:20 AM

good  morning,

 

if you are serious about 3d, video and generative arts in general you will need a fast cpu (i5) and a lot of ram

(8 gb is your mininum amount of ram) and a good ssd disk

 

dell and hp business series laptops are really good (euros 1500 and up) or a mac...

 

a laptop with 17 inches screen is a must or a good 22 or 24 inches external monitor (eizo, liyama)

 

64 bits operation system is a must for your job

 

good luck my friend


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#3 uTgh4K33

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:16 PM

Thanks for the answer, Nickos. I know the best I can grab is something like a macbook, but as you said, they are quite expensive. I don't expect it to be as good as my desktop, obviously, but I'm trying to find something just good enought so I can use Photoshop and After effects by themselves, at least. I'm not looking for the best performance, only something that's reasonably stable so I don't waste my money, but my main work will be on the desktop. 



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Posted 26 August 2017 - 08:35 AM

Hello,

Where do you plan to shop for these laptops? I don't know any of the prices where you are so this is a little more difficult.

Acer has a pretty good recertified laptop program. I'm not sure if they ship to Spain however. https://acerrecertified.com/

http://acerrecertified.com/acer-15-6-intel-core-i7-2-5-ghz-8-gb-ram-256gb-ssd-windows-10-home-f5-573g-7791

Would this be similar to what you would want? 


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 10:46 AM

hi my friends,

 

photoshop can be run quite good even on a budget laptop but you will need something more powerful with lot of ram if your using too many filters

 

after effects need some more power (fast cpu i5 and up and lot of ram and a mid range graphics card)

 

certainly a much better choice is a desktop since it can be upgraded more easily than a laptop (better graphics card)

 

mac would not my first choice since not all video edit programs and 3d can be run



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:14 PM

Hello again. Captain Chicken, I don't specially like Acer, but the model you posted is close to what I want, that's one to have in mind, thanks =]

 

Nickos, I already own a desktop, a very good one, but I've been thinking about traveling and going to the events related to comic, ilustration and games around my country, that's why I'm looking for a laptop. 



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:33 PM

I'm reading some reviews about the Acer model, most are good due to a nice performance, but a deeper one shows the weak point of this one: the display. Good resolution, but poor color (47% of sRGB available) and low contrast, etc. As I'm using it mainly for ilustrations and so, this is something to keep in mind. 






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