Laptop buying advice forum: Best laptop for gaming, games design student?

by: Bwnci June 10, 2011 6:35 AM PDT

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Best laptop for gaming, games design student?

by Bwnci - 6/10/11 6:35 AM

Hi everyone, I apologies in advance if I'm fishing in the wrong place here but I'm really stumped at the moment regarding what laptop to set myself up with. I have always been a desktop man but with all the travelling between home and university it really has become necessary to invest in a laptop.

I'm a student with a budget of around 500, I will need a machine that can handle the type of work and programmes I'll be using. As a student essays are a given, but we also do a lot of digital painting and 3D modelling using software like Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Maya. To accommodate these programmes I'll need at least a 15" screen, I'll only travel between my flat and the studio during most of the year so weight isn't a big issue.

Also I'm a games design student, so I'm obviously enthusiastic about gaming. Fortunetly I do most of it on consoles but it would be nice to have the option of running titles such as The Sims 3, I do not need the latest powerhouse though.

Finally there's basic comforts. Sufing, downloading, movie & music playback, ports, and prehaps even a DVD-RW would be ideal. If anyone could shed some light on this for me I'd really appreciate it.

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