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    Default Multi use Laptop: DJing/Gaming/3D animation/EMP

    So I need a laptop for around $1500, and needs to do, Djing, gaming, 3D rendering, and run ableton smoothly.

    I was looking at macbook pro, which can do the djing, gaming and ableton, but what about 3D rendering with a stock HD graphics 4000. Bootcamp allows me to play CS 1.6. Costs $1500:

    13-inch: 2.9GHz
    2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    750GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    I was also looking at alienwares M14x which costs $1500 as well:

    3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
    Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
    16GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
    750GB 7,200 RPM SATA + 64GB mSATA Caching SSD
    Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)
    2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™
    Most people say Alienwares are overpriced.

    What would you suggest? for around $1500?

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    anyone?

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    There's no need to make two threads on the same topic... Just keep it all over in the other thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk the dj View Post
    anyone?
    I have an Alienware M11x and I actually really like it. Granted, I didn't pay for it as I traded my old gaming desktop for it. But it actually made me want to buy one flat out next time I go laptop shopping. It's built really well (You'll hear a lot of shitters talking about it being a Dell) and has a solid feel and weight, has a really vivid screen and of course has balls since it is in fact a gaming laptop. Only gripe I have with Dell/Alienware is the price as sometimes it gets out of hand when adding stuff like ram/SSD's that you can self add for fractions of the cost. However, in it's defense the i7Q denotes a true quad core and not a dual core with hyper threading like the Mac and it generally just has better hardware specs.

    inb4 Macs r bezt war

    edit: Also the lighting app will keep you busy. Haters gon' hate on the backlit pink keyboard.

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    This Samsung is much better than the Macbook or the M14x

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series.../dp/B0098O6F0S

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    I would check the Vaio S series (13" and 15") which are great work machines. They still have the DVD, VGA, ethernet... Bests.

    Secondly the Dell XPSs (13 or 14)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprike View Post
    I would check the Vaio S series (13" and 15") which are great work machines. They still have the DVD, VGA, ethernet... Bests.

    Secondly the Dell XPSs (13 or 14)
    The VAIO S tops out at a GT 640M whereas the XPS 14 only has a 630M. Both of which are terrible for proper gaming.

    You can expect to get about twice the framerate using the GTX 675M over the 640M.
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    dont do it man.

    I assume youre using this for everything including college work etc?

    Quite why you'd want to take all your college work with you into a massively hostile environment is beyond me. But if you did, and it broke, youre fucked.

    for that price you could easily buy two reasonable laptops, one dedicated for DJing, the other for everything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by makar1 View Post
    The VAIO S tops out at a GT 640M whereas the XPS 14 only has a 630M. Both of which are terrible for proper gaming.

    You can expect to get about twice the framerate using the GTX 675M over the 640M.
    From that point of view a notebook is terrible for proper gaming. I was suggesting a solid alternative to the usual HD4000 but of course if you want to play Crysis 3 you'll have to look to something even more expensive.

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    The 675M can handle pretty much all games at high settings and is near enough within budget, so why not go for something decent?
    VCM100 / X1 / DJM250 / DJM900 / CDJ2000s / Maschine / Audio2+4 / 2i4 / HS8s / TSP 2.6.8
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