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I am about to start a course in 3D design and will be needing a laptop for the first time in my life. I know where I stand with desktop specs but laptops GPUs and specs fly way over my head. I'm guessing i5+ would be ok in a lappy?
Can anyone tell me what an okay setup would be for a laptop that's capable of 3D work. £500-700 budget.
god game laptop but look for very good ventilation and fans.
16gigs of ram and/or the ability to expand to that amount or higher.

You want an i5 or better (you want intel, no exceptions) and a desktop grade graphics card 960gtx or better (you want Nvidia, no exceptions).
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>500-700 budget

Your only option is the used market.
Look for literally any laptop with a Quadro K2000M in it.
Don't misunderstand--it's a starting point.
It has a quad core i7 (mobile intels are almost always dual core) and the best workstation graphics card you can stick into a 15".

If you find that you need more RAM, then add more later.
If your disk space isn't good enough, then add more later.
There's even space for an mSATA SSD.

Now here's what I would tell you if you were not a poorfag: Get any non-shit laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port. You can plug in an external GPU if you find your processing power to be lacking.
>Can anyone tell me what an okay setup would be for a laptop that's capable of 3D work.

Working within the viewport isn't going to be a problem so long as you have a graphics card, but you'll be wasting your time if you don't have some kind of simple render farm setup (or access to one provided by the school).

I have a £400 laptop that I can work in max, modo, blender and zbrush. The only problem is if I try to run something like substance painter or 3dcoat it is slow.

The CPU doesn't matter that much it is more the GPU.
Sell one kidney and buy this monster:

really , really ask yourself if you will be needing your setup portable. most students buy shit ass apple and end up sittimg at home with it or to just show it off. Also a tower pc is much better and cheaper. A gtx 970m for laps is nothing like a normal gtx 970 . 5 minutes of google awAy
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I bought pic related for the same reason. It's worked well. $799

ASUS K501UX 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Hard Drive, Windows 10 (64 bit)), Black/Silver Metal

There is a higher version at 16gb/500gb ssd/4k display but $200 more

Since you say you know about desktops, I assume you have a desktop

So why can't you just use your desktop?

If any course "requires" you to use a laptop, they are fucking stupid. There is literally no reason why you would need to use a laptop. Use your desktop you nob.
Get something with CUDA cores. It will be trash on a laptop but that trash is better than not having them at all.
Are you saying he should carry his desktop, monitor, keyboard and mouse to school everyday?
Not him but OPs stating he needs it for 3D. I have a friend who went through university and they supplied computers for students inhouse. Maybe OP is going to a community college.

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