Advice On Getting a PC

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  1. Zarkizon macrumors member

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    I'm looking into getting a PC for school; I would be using it for very high resolution digital paintings, using Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro; 3D modeling/animation with Maya and Mudbox; and 1080p HD video editing/rendering/encoding with Premiere Pro and After Effects.

    I've never owned a PC before, but I would really like a laptop as I'll be moving from my dorm to studio pretty often. I'm looking for something that is high performance, reliable, 17-inches, but less than $1,500.

    What might be a good PC brand or machine for the kind of work I do? What PC brands are reliable?

    I'm really liking this machine here
    As well as this one

    Thanks!
     
  2. G51989, May 14, 2012
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  3. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I recommend Novatech. They do some decent stuff.
     
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I have a Dell Vostro 3450 laptop, and it's fantastic. I spend $1000 on it last summer, and it plays Diablo III perfectly. It's also got an i5, 6630m, bronze metal exterior, backlit keyboard, more ports than I could ever ask for, and on-site warranty service for 2 years.

    I wouldn't buy anything until Intel gets their 3rd gen core CPU's to the OEM's though. 3rd gen Core iX's should be out in June or July.
     
  5. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    I've seen the Asus you linked to and it is a beast. The cooling setup looks like something from a Ferrari or Lamborghini. From what I've read, it is pretty quiet too. It is heavy and thick, but if lightness isn't a major concern, this thing is powerhouse. You can check out different configurations at http://www.gentechpc.com/ and http://www.xoticpc.com/.

    If you buy an Asus from anywhere but Best Buy, you get the 2 year global warranty and 1 year accidental damage protection included. Check out the two links above and you can also read more at http://forum.notebookreview.com/

    They are a good bunch at that forum and very helpful. Several people there own the Best Buy model.
     
  6. SimonWiesner macrumors newbie

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    dont buy a Asus g3jh

    the republic of gamers laptop are great, but i had to recently replace a GPU on a g3jh ROG because the ATI GPU overheated. the way the fans were set up it would collect a lot of dust and heat up the laptop. the GPU alone was $299 before markup and it cost him around $450 to fix. Dell XPS are nice. HP elite books are built nice, but the docking station peripheral will burn out. Hell who knows after fixing computers as a job you dont trust anything anymore. So my best bet is you get what you pay for as long as you take care of it.
     
  7. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    Which Asus are you referring to?
     
  8. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    The G75 gaming laptop. ROG, Republic of Gamers.

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    The current G75 is easy to clean. The majority of the underside comes of with one screw allowing access to the RAM, hdd bays and cooling fans.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    What about Alienware, they offer performance. I'm not a fan of their designs but they do throw a lot of horsepower under the hood
     
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Ever since they were bought by Dell, I have felt Alienware have declined to slightly more powerful Dell machines with a glowing alien on it and a hefty price.
     
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    I was wondering that myself but I thought (or hoped) they'd still have some quality machines.
     
  12. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Nah, the Alienware quality is still there for sure, whats gone from Alienware is the ole Alienware Way, which means to stuff desktop parts into a laptop that weighs 11 pounds and call it portable. I miss that :(
     

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