Laptop spec help please (UK)


#1

Hi - very new to this so please bear with me… I’d like advice on a suitable laptop spec (UK PC) for running SKP pro. I had been using an Asus K501u but less than two years in - it’s given up the ghost! I don’t know too much about tech specs. so be gentle! Ideally an economic price tag please. Thanks!


#2

… sorry when I say ‘spec’ what I actually mean is advice on an actual laptop model! Thanks


#3

I’m not a hardware expert but Lenovo Y-50-70 works great for me.


#4

cool, thanks. Does it handle big models?


#5

It’s a quite capable gaming laptop and handle all my models rather well. I do my best though to optimize my models and use low polygon components whenever possible.


#6

Depends on what you class as large. Models should be ok but you will struggle with serious rendering on any laptop really besides a very expensive gaming machine.

I think as long as you are running an i7 you should be good to go.

If you don’t need the portability of a laptop have you looked at perhaps a small factor PC instead, they are quite cheap these days and small enough to carry around, of course need an external screen and keyboard/mouse with constant power supply but they can be tuned up to be quite powerful.

https://www.google.se/search?biw=1395&bih=780&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=p8lLWp6TPMSg6ASP6YuwDQ&q=mini+ITX+PC&oq=mini+ITX+PC&gs_l=psy-ab.3...0.0.0.119331.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0…1c…64.psy-ab…0.0.0…0.ZRdtfPKq5aQ


#7

Yeah interesting, hadn’t thought about that. Any recommendations?


#8

Depends on what your usage will be, do you have to do any rendering/animation and if so what software do you use? That usually dictates what GPU will be most useful and from that what the cost will be and other specs.


#9

My models are pretty big-ish and I don’t do any photorealistic renders although I use pre-set edge styles. No animations. Usually export a series of scenes then add finishing touches in Ps


#10

How big roughly? 100MB and over a PC may be more helpful but under that, a medium laptop would suffice. I have a a 3.1Ghz i7 with 16GB DDR3 RAM and an Intel Iris GPU (Macbook Pro). I can run large models pretty well up until about 150MB.

My PC has a 3.4Ghz i7 with 16GB DDR3 RAM and an MSI CTX 980Ti GPU, however it was about £1500 cheaper than the laptop and runs everything much better!

At the time my laptop was almost £3000 while my PC was just over £1600. However I have been able to upgrade my PC over the last few years. I have an oversized case but you could fir all of my components inside a mini case no problem.


#11

Ok, thanks - i’ll Look into that. My models are probably just below 100mb - most of the laptops i’ve Been looking at are around the £1500-2000 mark which I guess is par for the course


#12

Yeah that should be more than enough for a decent laptop or high spec mini PC


#13

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