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Hey guys,

I'm an architecture student and I'm looking to buy a new laptop.. I'm confused as to what laptop to buy and what configuration would best suit me.. I need to run heavy softwares such as SketchUp, Rhino, VRay, Blender, Photoshop, Premiere and other such heavy sotwares.. 

My primary goal is to achieve workability on the device and gaming is always gonna come second to work for me.. 

Since most of these softwares render a lot, I got confused if I should choose between the server grade chips or the consumer grade chips.. and I'm a big big noob and I am not sure what configuration to settle in for either.. 

My budget is $1400 USD..

I need portability and hence the choice to settle for a mobile workstation.. 

Thanks in advance to everyone helping me out on this.. 

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For mobile workstations I looked into HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Dell and HP are completely out of your price range for any comparable model, so the P52 Mobile Workstation https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/ThinkPad-P52/p/20M9CTO1WWENUS0/customize? from Lenovo seems to be your best bet. It has a massive battery, a dedicated quadro GPU and a six core i7 for $1400. It comes with 8GB RAM and 500GB HDD out of the box but it's INCREDIBLY simple to add more storage.

 

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6 hours ago, WistfulBreeze said:

For mobile workstations I looked into HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Dell and HP are completely out of your price range for any comparable model, so the P52 Mobile Workstation https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/ThinkPad-P52/p/20M9CTO1WWENUS0/customize? from Lenovo seems to be your best bet. It has a massive battery, a dedicated quadro GPU and a six core i7 for $1400. It comes with 8GB RAM and 500GB HDD out of the box but it's INCREDIBLY simple to add more storage.

 

First of all, thank you for helping me out @WistfulBreeze..

Unfortunately for me, the P52 costs somewhere around $2300 USD in India.. and unlike the United States, I can't configure the system at all in the official website..

You could check the specs available for me here in India at this link:

"https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/ThinkPad-P52/p/22WS2WPWP52"

 

If you could help me out here and suggest even a laptop over workstations I'd be glad..

 

I also can't figure out why workstations with the same specs as laptops perform better at rendering and other stuff than their laptop counterparts.. it'd be awesome if you could help me understand that too..

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2 hours ago, vishal_adi said:

India

Budget in INR? Any links of online stores? Must have Quadro GPU?

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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5 hours ago, vishal_adi said:

First of all, thank you for helping me out @WistfulBreeze..

Unfortunately for me, the P52 costs somewhere around $2300 USD in India.. and unlike the United States, I can't configure the system at all in the official website..

You could check the specs available for me here in India at this link:

"https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/ThinkPad-P52/p/22WS2WPWP52"

 

If you could help me out here and suggest even a laptop over workstations I'd be glad..

 

I also can't figure out why workstations with the same specs as laptops perform better at rendering and other stuff than their laptop counterparts.. it'd be awesome if you could help me understand that too..

For why they perform better it's because the drivers are specifically tuned for professional workloads and certain components may be included to dramatically help with them as well. Gaming cards don't need these things so they're disabled for the most part. You can still get similar performance out of gaming cards though  for your workload.

 

As for laptops themselves I did a bit of searching and there's the Dell G3 and the Lenovo Y530 which have good performance but will only last about 4 hours on battery, which isn't probably suited for your classes. At about ₹118,790 there's the HP Omen which has a much larger battery than the other two but I understand the concept of price ranges and am only including it just in case. All of these offer similar performance to the previous recommendation. If you want battery to be the main thing to look for along with performance just message me back and I'll try to find the best balance of the two.

 

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Lenovo Y530:  https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/ideapad/lenovo-legion-y-series-laptops/Lenovo-Legion-Y530-15ICH/p/88GMY501020 

Dell G3: https://www.dell.com/en-in/shop/popular-deals/new-dell-g3-15-3579-gaming/spd/g-series-15-3579-laptop/blk-b540106win8

HP Omen: https://www.hpshopping.in/laptops-tablets/omen-by-hp-15-dc0082tx-4rj56pa.html

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My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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