Looking for a Laptop for College (Game Programming)

Gurman8r

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Hello, all! This august I'm going to college for Game Programming and I'm having some trouble looking for all the gear that they said I'd need.

I need a laptop with these minimum specs:

  • W7/8 64 bit
    (At Least) 8 GB RAM
    1 TB Hard Drive
    3.0 ghz Intel CPU
    Works with dual monitor setup
    NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
    Preferably long battery life, but that's not a deal breaker.
We're going to be working with Visual Studio, Unity, and Unreal 4.

Also, do they make docking stations or something so that I can bring my laptop with me and leave the dual monitors in my room but just plug in when I get back?
 

Kryptonous

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Look at the MSI catalogus (http://www.msimobile.com/level2_productlist.aspx?id=114 or for a game series: http://www.msimobile.com/level2_productlist.aspx?id=6) (I have experience with MSI and they seem good manufacturers to me, that's why).
Look at f.e. the MSI Apache Pro in case of the Gaming Series. I'm not really into the workstation series but if you're not going to game that hardcore you might want to look there (good for Graphical design and working in the programs you mentioned).

I'm not completely sure if they support docking stations (In case of the Gaming Series: no) but anyways, most graphics card in that class (nVidia GTX 450 and above) normally have multiple screen outputs, so you can have a dual monitor hanging onto your laptop when you get back (it's just plugging in 2 cables).

If you need more help, please ask away!

P.S.: Game Developement, sounds like a really interesting study! Lately I was also messing around in Unity, I hope you'll enjoy it!
 
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