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    Hey.
    I'm starting the BA architecture this September in Westminster, therefore I need a good computer. I'm using Photoshop and SketcUp a lot, and I'll need to use Auto CAD, plus I'm a gamer. Obviously a gaming computer would suite the best, however I don't know what to get, a laptop or a desktop. Many people use their laptops to take notes and stuff, but I could use my Nexus 10 tablet.... so as you can see I'm quite confused. Please help.
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    (Original post by Yevgeniy)
    Hey.
    I'm starting the BA architecture this September in Westminster, therefore I need a good computer. I'm using Photoshop and SketcUp a lot, and I'll need to use Auto CAD, plus I'm a gamer. Obviously a gaming computer would suite the best, however I don't know what to get, a laptop or a desktop. Many people use their laptops to take notes and stuff, but I could use my Nexus 10 tablet.... so as you can see I'm quite confused. Please help.
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    It really depends..............obviously with a desktop you get a better deal, cost and spec wise, more than enough power to handle your needs and power through with Auto CAD. However not portable at all, whereas a laptop is but far more costly, weighs a bit but portable... can get very warm.


    You got to weigh it up.........like whether the facilities at Westminster will support you in your departments when your at uni to do your work, are the computers available when needed, are they fast enough........ other issues with group work or when the system is down, etc.
    You need to weigh the pro's and con's.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    It really depends..............obviously with a desktop you get a better deal, cost and spec wise, more than enough power to handle your needs and power through with Auto CAD. However not portable at all, whereas a laptop is but far more costly, weighs a bit but portable... can get very warm.


    You got to weigh it up.........like whether the facilities at Westminster will support you in your departments when your at uni to do your work, are the computers available when needed, are they fast enough........ other issues with group work or when the system is down, etc.
    You need to weigh the pro's and con's.
    I'm going to an open day on the 19 June... I know that many people do their autocad work at home anyway, but yeah
    thanx anyway
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    It depends if you want a portable device or not. If you think you can do without a portable device for notetaking/on the go work then just get a high spec desktop.

    If the tablet isn't good enough and you want all your work on you with your laptop then may i suggest a high end laptop and 27" monitor for home to plug your laptop into.
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    (Original post by Sum Gai)
    It depends if you want a portable device or not. If you think you can do without a portable device for notetaking/on the go work then just get a high spec desktop.

    If the tablet isn't good enough and you want all your work on you with your laptop then may i suggest a high end laptop and 27" monitor for home to plug your laptop into.
    thanx... I'm probably gonna go for the desktop, unless someone suggests otherwise
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    (Original post by Yevgeniy)
    I'm going to an open day on the 19 June... I know that many people do their autocad work at home anyway, but yeah
    thanx anyway
    Yeah wait till before going to university so you're sure about everything and the software use, and then pick up something
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    In fact I have the same trouble. I am going to choose from iMac and MacBook Pro as work computer. However there raise the question whether Uni's workshop is enough. I am probably going to Liverpool school of architecture. I heard they have 24/7 open workshops which is great. In this situation there is no need to buy tractor which will handle cad photoshop and few different processes. Architecture students! What do you use everyday?


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    (Original post by Yevgeniy)
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    I'd recommend a desktop. I do A LOT of 3D modelling, not necessarily architecture but very similar. When it comes to rendering out things, having a desktop processor and highly clocked RAM with be a godsend!

    The render time between a laptop and desktop for my kinda work is the difference between 2 hours render and a 3 day render. (i5 @ 5.2GHz, 12gb @ 1600 Mhz)
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    (Original post by DannyDanielak)
    In fact I have the same trouble. I am going to choose from iMac and MacBook Pro as work computer. However there raise the question whether Uni's workshop is enough. I am probably going to Liverpool school of architecture. I heard they have 24/7 open workshops which is great. In this situation there is no need to buy tractor which will handle cad photoshop and few different processes. Architecture students! What do you use everyday?

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    You see I'm not a Mac fan, yes they are reliable and cool but I don't want to pay 50% just for the brand. Also as I said I'm a gamer, and most games are exclusive for Windows. So far I decided, I'll use my scholarship (if I get £3000) to get a PC, monitor, etc. And some other stuff.
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    (Original post by Yevgeniy)
    You see I'm not a Mac fan, yes they are reliable and cool but I don't want to pay 50% just for the brand. Also as I said I'm a gamer, and most games are exclusive for Windows. So far I decided, I'll use my scholarship (if I get £3000) to get a PC, monitor, etc. And some other stuff.
    I know what you mean but it is not like that apple computers are more expensive but they are more optimised and they are faster. I haven't been playing games since I was in junior high school due to overload of IB work, however I want to start playing again there are few games for mac, but you can run windows system to play, but mac to work. Which is exactly I want to do.


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    (Original post by DannyDanielak)
    I know what you mean but it is not like that apple computers are more expensive but they are more optimised and they are faster. I haven't been playing games since I was in junior high school due to overload of IB work, however I want to start playing again there are few games for mac, but you can run windows system to play, but mac to work. Which is exactly I want to do.


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    I see it this way, if you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad you might go with the mac, but I have Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus 10 so I'll get a PC. Secondly Macs are not really faster. And finally you can't really play Crysis 3 on a mac
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    (Original post by Yevgeniy)
    Hey.
    I'm starting the BA architecture this September in Westminster, therefore I need a good computer. I'm using Photoshop and SketcUp a lot, and I'll need to use Auto CAD, plus I'm a gamer. Obviously a gaming computer would suite the best, however I don't know what to get, a laptop or a desktop. Many people use their laptops to take notes and stuff, but I could use my Nexus 10 tablet.... so as you can see I'm quite confused. Please help.
    Thanx

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    thanx... I'm probably gonna go for the desktop, unless someone suggests otherwise
    My architecture friend (at Cambridge, no idea how facilities differ) says she couldn't live without her laptop, she's always taking it from library to her room to the department etc.

    Now in terms of what laptop, she has a macbook pro - she claims she pretty much needs one for her course (and all the architects here have macbook pros). I don't know how true that is, and how a windows system would suffice but she seems happy with it.

    Personally I tend to be a windows guy but it does depend on your needs. You should find out exactly what software you'll be using often.
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    Yeah, the desktop would be the better idea as you already have the tabe for making notes on. why pay more for a laptop that won't be as good as a desktop
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    I was recommended to get a laptop instead of a desktop for the architecture course at bath university by current students because the majority of work is done in studio's. Can anyone recommend a laptop that can run autoCAD and other software an architect student may need? Will be grateful of any help.
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    I was recommended to get a laptop instead of a desktop for the architecture course at bath university by current students because the majority of work is done in studio's. Can anyone recommend a laptop that can run autoCAD and other software an architect student may need? Will be grateful of any help.
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    any preferences, maker, OS, weight, etc?
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    Budget below £1000, at least 15" screen, at least i7 or amd equivalent processor, windows 7/8 and at least 4gb ram.


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    Budget below £1000, at least 15" screen, at least i7 or amd equivalent processor, windows 7/8 and at least 4gb ram.

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    I recommend at least 8gb ram.


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    (Original post by jdsen)
    Budget below £1000, at least 15" screen, at least i7 or amd equivalent processor, windows 7/8 and at least 4gb ram.


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    Something like this in your mind?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/490174-msi-ge6...ge60-0nc-622uk

    Also suggest this, then customise to i7, and 8gb ram, etc http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusIV-15/
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    Looks good, would you recommend the personalised laptop over the msi?


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    (Original post by jdsen)
    Looks good, would you recommend the personalised laptop over the msi?


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    I'd say it depends on the specs and cost..........with a custom laptop, the more you spend, the more money you save and better specs compared to a laptop maker.
 
 
 
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