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what laptop/Mac/ computer is recommended for doing a BA animation?

hi, I'm doing Animation BA at either LCC or Middlesex, haven't yet decided. what computer is recommended for these unis? ones with good graphics cards, able to render stuff etc. I have a wacom drawing tablet that I'll also be using. thanks!
Original post by soyp
hi, I'm doing Animation BA at either LCC or Middlesex, haven't yet decided. what computer is recommended for these unis? ones with good graphics!

Hey there!

It all depends on what type of animation you are doing. I am a 2D specialist and use software like Toon Boom Harmony, TVPaint, Krita, and the Adobe suite. I use a Surface Pro 4 which has the following specs: Processor is Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6650U CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2208 Mhz, 2 Cores, 4 Logical Processors, and 16GB RAM. It's not the best at running the software, but it handles it quite well and I haven't needed to upgrade to a better PC since starting uni. If you are going to be doing 3D CGI animation (using MAYA, etc) and rendering in 3D, then you'll need to invest quite a lot of money in a good desktop computer setup. The specs you'll need are:

Minimum 16GB RAM
3.5GHz or higher processor, preferably with multi threading
Minimum 6GB graphics card or higher, for example GTX1070 or RTX2070 and up.

I hope this helps!
Lauren :smile:
Third Year Animation Student and Student Ambassador
Reply 2
Original post by Plymouth College Of Art
Hey there!

It all depends on what type of animation you are doing. I am a 2D specialist and use software like Toon Boom Harmony, TVPaint, Krita, and the Adobe suite. I use a Surface Pro 4 which has the following specs: Processor is Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6650U CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2208 Mhz, 2 Cores, 4 Logical Processors, and 16GB RAM. It's not the best at running the software, but it handles it quite well and I haven't needed to upgrade to a better PC since starting uni. If you are going to be doing 3D CGI animation (using MAYA, etc) and rendering in 3D, then you'll need to invest quite a lot of money in a good desktop computer setup. The specs you'll need are:

Minimum 16GB RAM
3.5GHz or higher processor, preferably with multi threading
Minimum 6GB graphics card or higher, for example GTX1070 or RTX2070 and up.

I hope this helps!
Lauren :smile:
Third Year Animation Student and Student Ambassador


ahhh Lauren ! you are perfect as always ! thanks so much!! I'll tell you what I end up going for :smile:
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Original post by soyp
hi, I'm doing Animation BA at either LCC or Middlesex, haven't yet decided. what computer is recommended for these unis? ones with good graphics cards, able to render stuff etc. I have a wacom drawing tablet that I'll also be using. thanks!

hello, wondering if you are still using this. I just wanted to ask what uni you ended up choosing. Im in the exact same boat with picking either one.

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