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Laptop for Chemical Engineering in College

So, this is really straightforward. I will need a laptop for college soon, as I got accepted into college for chemical engineering. Budget is around 2,000 USD. while it being needed for basic things like notetaking, I would also like it to be able to play most current videogames for when I am not in class or doing homework. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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I'd recommend a laptop with a workstation graphics card - as you're most likely going to doing some CAD.

What uni are you attending? It dictates what classes you take (As most colleges have fyou use your first year as a general "welcome to engineering" year).

 

Here's a talbe I made a while back. for me, the Lenovo P52 was the most economical; for I got a good discount on it. For most others, dells were best.

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All I have to say is don't choose a mac. They're just not good for this stuff.

 

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8 hours ago, TH3R34P3R said:

Budget is around 2,000 USD

Location? Any preference on weight and battery life? Need Quadro GPU?

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20 hours ago, Imbellis said:

I'd recommend a laptop with a workstation graphics card - as you're most likely going to doing some CAD.

What uni are you attending? It dictates what classes you take (As most colleges have fyou use your first year as a general "welcome to engineering" year).

 

Here's a talbe I made a while back. for me, the Lenovo P52 was the most economical; for I got a good discount on it. For most others, dells were best.

Comparisons.png.b2388be5c10fc8ddc2fc431a1110a0c8.png

All I have to say is don't choose a mac. They're just not good for this stuff.

 

going to rowan. and i figured i have to do CAD... however if I was to do all my cad stuff on my home computer, could my 2080ti do well? or should i still buy a simple like, p1000 or 2000 for my desktop as well. 

 

And then also go and get my laptop with a regular GPU if i have some small cad to work on. 

 

Or just go with a workstation laptop and use that? 

 

11 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Location? Any preference on weight and battery life? Need Quadro GPU?

Rowan. Will be commuting. im not certain if i need a quadro... weight and battery, well, as long as its not like super heavy (over like 8ish pounds, i should be good). Battery life, perhaps 6 hours for regular usage, maybe 1-2 while doing anything taxing. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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27 minutes ago, TH3R34P3R said:

going to rowan. and i figured i have to do CAD... however if I was to do all my cad stuff on my home computer, could my 2080ti do well? or should i still buy a simple like, p1000 or 2000 for my desktop as well. 

 

And then also go and get my laptop with a regular GPU if i have some small cad to work on. 

 

Or just go with a workstation laptop and use that?  

 

Rowan. Will be commuting. im not certain if i need a quadro... weight and battery, well, as long as its not like super heavy (over like 8ish pounds, i should be good). Battery life, perhaps 6 hours for regular usage, maybe 1-2 while doing anything taxing. 

Workstation cards really only have better stability and better CAD speeds so you'll almost certainly be fine with a 2080TI. You can always use TeamViewer to connect to your desktop if you need extra computing power.

Most unis are having all engineers take comp sci courses. A nicer computer good to have, but really isn't necessary.

 

With all that being said, my brother made it through his first year with a 15-f305dx - a quad-core at 2 GHz, integrated graphics, and 4 GB DDR3.

If you can get any good laptop deals through connections - take it. If not, dell is good for that niche between gaming and workstation and Lenovo is good for workstations.

You should probably aim for a laptop around the $1000 range. You'll get more power efficient parts and you really don't need a ton for first-year.

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43 minutes ago, TH3R34P3R said:

Rowan. Will be commuting. im not certain if i need a quadro... weight and battery, well, as long as its not like super heavy (over like 8ish pounds, i should be good). Battery life, perhaps 6 hours for regular usage, maybe 1-2 while doing anything taxing. 

If you need Quadro: Thinkpad P52/P72, Precision 7530/7730 and Zbook 15/17 G5 (this is super expensive)

My Desktop specs:

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ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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42 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

If you need Quadro: Thinkpad P52/P72, Precision 7530/7730 and Zbook 15/17 G5 (this is super expensive)

so, the zbook 15 g5... about 2600 USD... and appears to be the best choice for quadro out of the 3 for what i would want... 

 

if i dont need a quadro, what would you suggest?

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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51 minutes ago, TH3R34P3R said:

if i dont need a quadro, what would you suggest?

There are many...1050TI/1060/1070MQ/1070 systems with big battery like Alienware m15 90Wh, Gigabyte Aero 15X, HP Omen 15 dc (non 1060, 70Wh battery) etc. However they have their own issues

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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