Workstation and some gaming Laptop <$1400

PerrinAybara

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Sep 30, 2014
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4,510
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Hey guys, I'm a bit out of my normal league (gaming) here. My gf wants a laptop to run all of the adobe cloud products WELL and be able to some gaming with me on the side. I know under $1400 is a huge budget cut for a workstation, especially a mobile, but it's what we have to work with.

Must-haves:

Adobe cloud suite (mostly vector-based, but some Ps as well)
Entertainment use (would like at least 1-hdmi out; don't care about optical)
Fair 3D rendering (Maya, Cinema)
Can run bf4 etc at decent frame-rate (max graphics not needed)
1080p res screen

Would-likes:

<1080p, or output higher capability (not really a problem, from what I've read, but some workstation gpu's seem to be capped at that)
OR <60hz refresh
Main partition on SSD

Thanks for the help!

note: I doubt it, but if you guys have a mobile build suggestion I'm not afraid of assembly, just not a lot of programming. I would also gladly take any other resources/links if you've got'em.

Here's some of the stuff I've considered, but I think there's better stuff out there for people who know more, thanks again:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834258762
 

iBUYPOWER - Jason

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Jul 1, 2014
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5,910
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To be honest, all she'll really need is a quad-core processor and a fairly decent dedicated GPU.

This should run most, if not all your games and design products with ease (http://www.amazon.com/N550JK-DB74T-Full-HD-Touchscreen-Laptop-Aluminum-Body/dp/B00LO3K002/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1412360496&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+laptop+i7) - $1,099.00.

The only downside might be the HDD, which is a 1TB 5400 RPM HD. Upgrade to an SSD for about $150-200 and that laptop will be perfect. The only thing the HD affects is the boot-up times and starting programs. Other than that, this laptop is probably one of the best for it's class.

I'd also check out the Lenovo Y50, which runs a quad-core and a 860M, which can run BF4 at high settings and it costs about $1,000. (http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/y-series/y50/)

Let me know if you have any questions! :)
 

PerrinAybara

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Sep 30, 2014
2
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4,510
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Thanks, I looked up the n series and I really don't see anything competitive about them at all. Don't get me wrong, I'm typing this on my Asus G74. I only saw G750M cards on them, though. Any links I am missing? Your other suggestion to get the next class of quadrino is right on the money, though (I've found 1 or 2 laptops with k2100m in them, which are quite nice, but seem to be lacking in at least one of the other must-have areas).
 

velo3100

Splendid
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The highest gpu they make in the n series is the gtx 850m.

Here is the link: http://www.simplyasus.com/Products/cat/laptops/refine/46567~156157

You can also look at the other asus laptops if you decide that is not powerful enough.
 

iBUYPOWER - Jason

Estimable
Jul 1, 2014
332
0
5,910
110
To be honest, all she'll really need is a quad-core processor and a fairly decent dedicated GPU.

This should run most, if not all your games and design products with ease (http://www.amazon.com/N550JK-DB74T-Full-HD-Touchscreen-Laptop-Aluminum-Body/dp/B00LO3K002/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1412360496&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+laptop+i7) - $1,099.00.

The only downside might be the HDD, which is a 1TB 5400 RPM HD. Upgrade to an SSD for about $150-200 and that laptop will be perfect. The only thing the HD affects is the boot-up times and starting programs. Other than that, this laptop is probably one of the best for it's class.

I'd also check out the Lenovo Y50, which runs a quad-core and a 860M, which can run BF4 at high settings and it costs about $1,000. (http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/y-series/y50/)

Let me know if you have any questions! :)
 
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