Hardware

Reply
Active Member
StOngeCompany
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-18-2011
Message 1 of 5 (1,002 Views)
Accepted Solution

Inexpensive Laptop for 3ds Max?

1002 Views, 4 Replies
03-24-2011 11:41 AM

Hi Autodesk Forums,

 

I'm trying to build a laptop that will be able to run 3ds Max and (hopefully) not cost much more than $800.

 

After speccing on Dell, HP, and Lenovo, I came up with this system from Dell for about $700:

 

 

Intel® Core™ i3-2310M processor 2.10 GHz

4GB Shared Single Channel DDR3 Memory

AMD Radeon™ HD 6470M (64-bit) 512MB (Dual)

500GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive

 

 

How would this system do running 3ds Max? Is it worth $60 to upgrade to 6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory?

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance for your time, advice and insight.

 

Thank you,

St. Onge

Mentor
namssurt
Posts: 249
Registered: ‎06-07-2010
Message 2 of 5 (1,000 Views)

Re: Inexpensive Laptop for 3ds Max?

03-24-2011 01:38 PM in reply to: StOngeCompany

This is so low end for what you expect it to do that you really need to start over. 5400 rpm drive? 4 GB memory? i3 chip? These are bottom of the line components. About the only thing on there that makes sense is the video, whichis about 3x as good as the rest of the system.

Of course being Dell, it is overpriced. But the expectation for 3ds  under $700 is way off the mark

jg
Moderator
Discussion_Admin
Posts: 606
Registered: ‎05-09-2008
Message 3 of 5 (990 Views)

Re: Inexpensive Laptop for 3ds Max?

03-24-2011 03:36 PM in reply to: StOngeCompany

You might try asking your question in the 3ds Max forums on the Area.

 

 

Discussion_Admin

Distinguished Mentor
OMCUSNR
Posts: 506
Registered: ‎04-28-2010
Message 4 of 5 (977 Views)

Re: Inexpensive Laptop for 3ds Max?

03-25-2011 07:57 AM in reply to: StOngeCompany

Inexpensive for any acad app is +/-$1200.

 

You need at a minimum a 17" screen - PREIOD.  Don't argue or whine, if you want to do any production, that's a fact of life.  Next, you cannot share ram with a graphics driver.  The new I-series intel processors have an onboard graphics processor built in, but with anything less then 16gigs of system ram, using shared ram will bog the program down so badly you'll never get anything done.

 

Look at some of the Qosmio systems by Toshiba - they seem to be a good price / performance balance.

 

Reid

Homebuilt box: I5-2500k, MSI P67A-GD65, 12gig DDR3 1600 ram, ASUS ENGTX460 Video card, WD Velociraptor WD4500HLHX HD, Win 7 64 pro.
Active Member
StOngeCompany
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-18-2011
Message 5 of 5 (970 Views)

Re: Inexpensive Laptop for 3ds Max?

03-25-2011 08:02 AM in reply to: StOngeCompany

Thank you for the quick, helpful responses! I will definitely look into the Qosmio series and up my budget for appropriate specs.

 

Thanks so much,

St. Onge

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

Ask the Community