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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi

 

I'm a Swedish student applying for a three year bachelor course in additive manufacturing with a focus on biomedical engineering and sports medicine.

I have designed in CAD using Fusion360 and Inventor for about three years and I'm so sick and tired of designing on an old Latitude 5480 so I'm thinking of spending between 2000-3000 euro on a mobile workstation in the fall.

I'm looking for something that i can use for Fusion/Inventor, Solidworks and NX. All with local computation. I'd also like to be able to run demanding games so i don't have to lug around my Tower 900 gaming rig if i ever want to go on a LAN-party with friends. I haven't been able to find a good deal for under 3000 euro with my requirements so if anyone would like to share good alternatives within my budget feel free to share them.

The requirements I'm adamant about are as follows:

  • 15 to 19" screen, with touch
  • Six or more cores CPU
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • Thunderbolt 3/4 support
  • TU106-based GPU e.g. RTX2060/Quadro RTX 3000 or better
  • 32GB ram capable
  • Minimum of 2 total drive slots with atleast one being NVMe
  • Not a mac

Features that would be interesting but not required:

  • 4G WWAN
  • Sleek and light design e.g. something similar to Surface Laptop or Macbook Pro
  • Additional screen real estate like on the Asus Zenbook Duo
  • USB-C charging option
  • Adobe suite bundling available
  • Long warranty and/or tech support
  • Wide colour gamut
  • Able to be bought directly from manufacturer at a competitive price

 

Finally I'd like to clearify that I'm only able to purchase this from within the EU or the UK. I'd also like to thank everyone who takes the time to help me, I've only ever bought desktops in parts and built my own computers so I'm not that familiar with what alternatives there are on the market for laptops.

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If you wanted to consider a mini tower build:

But for a high power laptop, I believe there are Acer Predator Triton and Asus Zephyrus models that would fit the bill. In the price range you're seeking, they offer a thick chassis and some nice display options.


I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

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Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 hours ago, Fasauceome said:

If you wanted to consider a mini tower build:

But for a high power laptop, I believe there are Acer Predator Triton and Asus Zephyrus models that would fit the bill. In the price range you're seeking, they offer a thick chassis and some nice display options.

A mini tower is sadly out of the question. I already have a gaming rig, I need something mobile since i live 70km from the university. But thanks anyway

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2 hours ago, Fristad said:

A mini tower is sadly out of the question. I already have a gaming rig, I need something mobile since i live 70km from the university. But thanks anyway

Well if you only wanted the PC to be portable because you needed to drive it hassle free, this build works really well. The case that I selected only is the size of a shoebox.

 

But if you need portability at the workplace then that's a different story.


I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Kill Trident Z RGB - Force MP500 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - The venerated Hyper 212 Evo (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G2 650W - Black and green theme, Razer branwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - Dark moded Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

EVGA G3 threadSeasonic Focus threadUserbenchmark (Et al.) is trash explained, PSU misconceptions, protections explainedgroup reg is bad

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It's not exactly sleek and light but maybe a ThinkPad P53. It has the option of WWAN, a 4K OLED touch display, up to RTX 5000, up to an i9-9880H (though your only GPU option with that is the RTX 4000), and up to 128 GB of RAM. The issue is if you're ordering directly from Lenovo is they take goddamn forever with shipping, even more if you're custom ordering. You can also try looking at the Dell Precision 7540, which has similar features. I'm not as familiar with Dell's stuff, though.

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On 2/22/2020 at 7:02 AM, panzersharkcat said:

It's not exactly sleek and light but maybe a ThinkPad P53. It has the option of WWAN, a 4K OLED touch display, up to RTX 5000, up to an i9-9880H (though your only GPU option with that is the RTX 4000), and up to 128 GB of RAM. The issue is if you're ordering directly from Lenovo is they take goddamn forever with shipping, even more if you're custom ordering. You can also try looking at the Dell Precision 7540, which has similar features. I'm not as familiar with Dell's stuff, though.

Yeah, tried looking at the large companies like HPe, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft etc but couldn't find any good deals. Hopefully it will get cheaper in the summer when everything new from CES has launched

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A very small SFF can still be viable if you can leave a monitor/keyboard where you work. Mine (in signature) is small enough that I carry it everyday in my backpack between work and hotel during my work trips, and it trumps any laptop you can find (I have a 1070 becasue I already had it when I did the build, and I'm skipping the 20 series entirely since 30 is close, but you could put a 2070 in the same footprint).


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Desktop: i7-5960X 4.4GHz, Noctua NH-D14, ASUS Rampage V, 32GB, RTX2080S, 2TB NVMe SSD, 2x16TB HDD RAID0, Corsair HX1200, Thermaltake Overseer RX1, Samsung 4K curved 49" TV, 23" secondary

Mobile SFF rig: i9-9900K, Noctua NH-L9i, Asrock Z390 Phantom ITX-AC, 32GB, GTX1070, 2x1TB NVMe SSD RAID0, 2x5TB 2.5" HDD RAID0, Athena 500W Flex (Noctua fan), Custom 4.7l 3D printed case

 

Dell XPS 2 in 1 2019, 32GB, 1TB, 4K

 

GPD Win 2

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On 2/21/2020 at 8:42 AM, Fristad said:

Hi

 

I'm a Swedish student applying for a three year bachelor course in additive manufacturing with a focus on biomedical engineering and sports medicine.

I have designed in CAD using Fusion360 and Inventor for about three years and I'm so sick and tired of designing on an old Latitude 5480 so I'm thinking of spending between 2000-3000 euro on a mobile workstation in the fall.

I'm looking for something that i can use for Fusion/Inventor, Solidworks and NX. All with local computation. I'd also like to be able to run demanding games so i don't have to lug around my Tower 900 gaming rig if i ever want to go on a LAN-party with friends. I haven't been able to find a good deal for under 3000 euro with my requirements so if anyone would like to share good alternatives within my budget feel free to share them.

The requirements I'm adamant about are as follows:

  • 15 to 19" screen, with touch
  • Six or more cores CPU
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • Thunderbolt 3/4 support
  • TU106-based GPU e.g. RTX2060/Quadro RTX 3000 or better
  • 32GB ram capable
  • Minimum of 2 total drive slots with atleast one being NVMe
  • Not a mac

Features that would be interesting but not required:

  • 4G WWAN
  • Sleek and light design e.g. something similar to Surface Laptop or Macbook Pro
  • Additional screen real estate like on the Asus Zenbook Duo
  • USB-C charging option
  • Adobe suite bundling available
  • Long warranty and/or tech support
  • Wide colour gamut
  • Able to be bought directly from manufacturer at a competitive price

 

Finally I'd like to clearify that I'm only able to purchase this from within the EU or the UK. I'd also like to thank everyone who takes the time to help me, I've only ever bought desktops in parts and built my own computers so I'm not that familiar with what alternatives there are on the market for laptops.

 

On 2/21/2020 at 8:42 AM, Fristad said:

Hi

 

I'm a Swedish student applying for a three year bachelor course in additive manufacturing with a focus on biomedical engineering and sports medicine.

I have designed in CAD using Fusion360 and Inventor for about three years and I'm so sick and tired of designing on an old Latitude 5480 so I'm thinking of spending between 2000-3000 euro on a mobile workstation in the fall.

I'm looking for something that i can use for Fusion/Inventor, Solidworks and NX. All with local computation. I'd also like to be able to run demanding games so i don't have to lug around my Tower 900 gaming rig if i ever want to go on a LAN-party with friends. I haven't been able to find a good deal for under 3000 euro with my requirements so if anyone would like to share good alternatives within my budget feel free to share them.

The requirements I'm adamant about are as follows:

  • 15 to 19" screen, with touch
  • Six or more cores CPU
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • Thunderbolt 3/4 support
  • TU106-based GPU e.g. RTX2060/Quadro RTX 3000 or better
  • 32GB ram capable
  • Minimum of 2 total drive slots with atleast one being NVMe
  • Not a mac

Features that would be interesting but not required:

  • 4G WWAN
  • Sleek and light design e.g. something similar to Surface Laptop or Macbook Pro
  • Additional screen real estate like on the Asus Zenbook Duo
  • USB-C charging option
  • Adobe suite bundling available
  • Long warranty and/or tech support
  • Wide colour gamut
  • Able to be bought directly from manufacturer at a competitive price

 

Finally I'd like to clearify that I'm only able to purchase this from within the EU or the UK. I'd also like to thank everyone who takes the time to help me, I've only ever bought desktops in parts and built my own computers so I'm not that familiar with what alternatives there are on the market for laptops.

If you really need a touchscreen here are some options

(Prices in USD)

 

Surface Laptop 3 15", Black (metal), AMD Ryzen 7 3780U, RAM 16GB, Storage: 512GB ($2,100)

Surface Pro 7 Black, Intel Core i7, RAM 16GB, Storage: 512GB (With Type Cover $2,100)

Surface Book 2 15" Display, Storage: 512GB, Intel Core i7 ($2,900)

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 @404usrnmntfnd "TU106-based GPU e.g. RTX2060/Quadro RTX 3000 or better", "32GB ram capable"

 

Read the requirements maybe?


F@H
Desktop: i7-5960X 4.4GHz, Noctua NH-D14, ASUS Rampage V, 32GB, RTX2080S, 2TB NVMe SSD, 2x16TB HDD RAID0, Corsair HX1200, Thermaltake Overseer RX1, Samsung 4K curved 49" TV, 23" secondary

Mobile SFF rig: i9-9900K, Noctua NH-L9i, Asrock Z390 Phantom ITX-AC, 32GB, GTX1070, 2x1TB NVMe SSD RAID0, 2x5TB 2.5" HDD RAID0, Athena 500W Flex (Noctua fan), Custom 4.7l 3D printed case

 

Dell XPS 2 in 1 2019, 32GB, 1TB, 4K

 

GPD Win 2

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