Game Design Laptop


Oct 22, 2013
I would love to get some knowledgeable suggestions on a new laptop to replace my outdated one that can't keep up with me at school.

I am in school for a Game Design degree, we have three tracks: Design, Programming & Art. I am in the Design track with considerations of a double major in Programming as well.

3DSMAX, Photoshop, Maya, Blender, Unity, UDK, SDK, planning to monkey with CryEngine on the side as well. (I'm currently learning C++ programming in an SDL class). I have a fairly potent gaming desktop at home but even that machine has issues handling my Photoshop files, compiling my UDK levels, rendering my 3DSMAX models, etc.

Up at school we have super bad-ass work stations and I would like to translate as much of that experience as possible into a laptop ... that doesn't rape my bank account (if possible).

I'm currently up at school and ran DxDiag and saved the TXT file so you can see the specs for consideration. I have never seen a laptop with a Xeon processor, so I know I'll probably have to settle for an i7, but in any case here's the specs:

System Information
Time of this report: 10/22/2013, 17:33:58
Machine name: 3136-59906
Operating System: Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Precision WorkStation T5500
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A09
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5607 @ 2.27GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 12288MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 12286MB RAM
Page File: 3632MB used, 20936MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA Quadro 4000
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: Quadro 4000
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_06DD&SUBSYS_078010DE&REV_A3
Display Memory: 3805 MB
Dedicated Memory: 2014 MB
Shared Memory: 1790 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: Dell 2208WFP(Digital)
Monitor Model: DELL 2208WFP
Monitor Id: DEL403C
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.954Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.7619 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/6/2011 15:37:00, 15245120 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-459D-11CF-AD6E-8C271DC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x06DD
SubSys ID: 0x078010DE
Revision ID: 0x00A3
Driver Strong Name: oem2.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section010:\ven_10de&dev_06dd&subsys_078010de
Rank Of Driver: 00E60001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
Drive: C:
Free Space: 297.3 GB
Total Space: 476.8 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: WDC WD5000AAKX-753CA1 ATA Device

Drive: E:
Model: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH30N ATA Device
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/20/2010 04:19:21, 147456 bytes


Mar 27, 2013

I would suggest basically getting a gaming laptop with a big screen. However i say this from my experience as a hobbyist game programmer and I usually stick to 2d design.