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    Hi all,

    I'm starting Uni in September studying Interior Design and I need a laptop!

    We will be running photoshop, InDesign, AutoCAD, Sketchup as well as a few other programs (sometimes a few at the same time) and I have been told it must be a Windows laptop.

    Can anyone make any good recommendations? No bigger than 16", and anything under £2,000 please!

    Many thanks,
    Kent
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    Trust me mate this is the best out there. Do a lot of photoshop and coding and **** for a local buissness. This gets the job done, no problem. Save the rest for books, resources and stuff. You never know what you might need
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    (Original post by callmekent)
    Hi all,

    I'm starting Uni in September studying Interior Design and I need a laptop!

    We will be running photoshop, InDesign, AutoCAD, Sketchup as well as a few other programs (sometimes a few at the same time) and I have been told it must be a Windows laptop.

    Can anyone make any good recommendations? No bigger than 16", and anything under £2,000 please!

    Many thanks,
    Kent
    If I was going to spend a full two grand on a laptop for your needs, I would go for this PCSpecialist laptop as a base and throw in the following upgrades:
    *Processor: Core i7 6820HK
    *RAM: 32GB HyperX (4 x 8GB)
    *GPU: GTX 980M
    *Hard Disk #1: Samsung EVO 2TB SSD
    *Hard Disk #2: WD Blue 1TB HDD
    Total: £2035 (2% over budget)

    The design and rendering tasks you'll be doing rely predominantly on CPU and RAM, so I pretty much went for the best mobile CPU on the market and a bucketload of RAM to do as much work as possible as quickly as possible. The GPU is pretty much overkill for the applications you've listed, but getting a laptop with a top-end i7 but no high end graphics card is pretty difficult and the upgrade from the 970M fits within budget, so I figured I may as well future proof in case you expand into using programs that make use of more video horsepower. Finally I've added a massive, fast GPU because it cuts down loading time and rendering time, saves having to work across multiple hard drives, and is less prone to damage from drops, movement etc than HDDs (which is always nice for students who will be travelling around with it on a daily basis). I also threw in a conventional 1TB hard drive, which you can use for creating backups or just storing non-essential stuff like media. The laptop itself is from a well regarded custom laptop brand that I've been recommending on here for years, and isn't too bulky at 2.5kg (about average for a 15" laptop, never mind one with this amount of hardware inside).

    To be honest that's probably a completely overkill laptop for a new student, but if I wanted to drop £2k on a new machine for the stuff you're doing, there's not much else I'd cram in there right now.

    (Original post by Angry Bird)
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    (Original post by Elton Brown)
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    OP wants a Windows laptop.
 
 
 
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