Quadro is overpriced and under-performing. Better get a GTX 6xxM or 7xxM, the higher the better.
Look at something with at least:
- Quad core i7 with hyper threading
- 16+ GB memory
- SSD as boot disk
- 1 or preferably 2 7200 RPM internal disks
- eSATA and/or USB3 connection
Thanks for the replies!
Yes, will be doing film, animation and motion graphics on the course. I've heard that After Effects needs a powerful computer to get the most out of it.
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I agree that the Quadro should be avoided.
A laptop that I have been looking at is the new fourth generation i7 just as an example here is a good starting point from England (as I do not know where you are). It is sort of a starting point system called the Asus G750JW but since the price is only £1124 you should possibly add more memory and an internal SSD (or I believe you can have two internal mSATA drives). There is a step up from the G750JW to a G750JX. Each of these base models has many variations indicated by letter and numbers behind the main part number so you have to be an inteligent shopper. For instance one of our local USA retailer Best Buy has a particular in house model that is called G750JW-BBI7N05, you can see this is a custom version made (probably only) for Best Buy by the "BB" designator.
I'll confess a little and say I'm a little relieved that Quadro is to be avoided. I found it pretty limiting while searching for what to go with. Plus while I'm not as much of a gamer as I once was, I've heard the cards aren't great for gaming.
Thanks for the link those models fit in the price range, although I was expecting the JX model to be a bit more expensive. I have been keeping my eye out on the Asus G750 range since it was annouced a little while ago and there does not seem to be many reliabily issues that have been mentioned about it or its predecessors. I did notice the numbers when I was looking around at MSI's models earlier, so I will keep that in mind.
(Don't worry, I live in Scotland, but I'm part English )