ADVICE on Best Laptop for 3d modeling, and Rendering (Vray). Under 1500$ ???

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May 26, 2013
HI, i'm an architecture student who uses autocad, photoshop, rhino, and vray. I need a laptop that can Render 2d images fast and handle 3d modeling. It should be around or under 1500$ and preferably but not necessarily be able to play current games with average settings. Advice on what mobile workstations I should get would be much appreciated! More infro below

Here is what I found :
1. MSI GT60 0NF-612US - 1599$ http://

2. Lenovo w540 or 530 - 1330$ upgradable http://

3. Dell Precision M4800 -1300$ upgradable http://

4. HP EliteBook 8570w -1500$ http://

5. HP Zbook15 - 1500$ http://

1. What is your budget?

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15", will be going back and forth with it to my home and studio quite frequently and needs to fit into backpack.

3. What screen resolution do you want?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
mobile workstation laptop

5. How much battery life do you need?
As much as possible, 6 hour +

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop?
Yes but not necessary

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop?
Photoshop, Rendering (Vray), auto cad, 3d modeling rhino 3D

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
CD and DVD reader.
Don't care

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Anything but I don't like- apple

13. What country do you live in?
California, US


Oct 26, 2014
a 15" lcd is a little bit small ... better go with 17" ,,, but pro laptop are heavy (7-9 lbs )

and always prefer a Nvidia Quadro card instead of AIT Firepro .... 3d rendering love Nvidia !

Under 1500$ ....

why don't you look for used Hp elitepro ? 8770w with NVIDIA Quadro K3000M?
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