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Mar 20, 2015 12:47:56   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
Anybody using a Dell Laptop for CC, (PS, AI, LR)? I need to configure a Dell 17" (not Alienware) and not a touch screen laptop for my daughter for School...She'll be using it for her Art/AI and Photography/PS (CC) classes plus school work (I hope) $1,500 budget. She has an account with Dell and wants to finance. I think she is looking at the 7000 series. Any help/experience with Dell laptops appreciated.

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Mar 20, 2015 12:50:31   #
jeep_daddy (a regular here)
 
I would tell her to find a model with an i7 Intel processor, 16GB ram, and a large hard drive. I'm sure if she gets one with those specs, it'll have all the other bells and whistles that she'll want like HDMI out for a monitor, USB3 for fast downloads from cards etc. Good luck.

OnDSnap wrote:
Anybody using a Dell Laptop for CC, (PS, AI, LR)? I need to configure a Dell 17" (not Alienware) and not a touch screen laptop for my daughter for School...She'll be using it for her Art/AI and Photography/PS (CC) classes plus school work (I hope) $1,500 budget. She has an account with Dell and wants to finance. I think she is looking at the 7000 series. Any help/experience with Dell laptops appreciated.

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Mar 20, 2015 12:58:02   #
Rongnongno
 
OnDSnap wrote:
Anybody using a Dell Laptop for CC, (PS, AI, LR)? I need to configure a Dell 17" (not Alienware) and not a touch screen laptop for my daughter for School...She'll be using it for her Art/AI and Photography/PS (CC) classes plus school work (I hope) $1,500 budget. She has an account with Dell and wants to finance. I think she is looking at the 7000 series. Any help/experience with Dell laptops appreciated.


Help her spring for a better 'gamer laptop'*. I priced a 32GB RAM, 8GB ddr5 video 2*1tb drives and 17" for just about $3,000.00.

I did not purchase it because of the weight (8.3) pounds, an issue for me. I have an Alienware M17x, same weight.

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* Just add the difference!!! :shock: :mrgreen:

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Mar 20, 2015 14:33:39   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
Rongnongno wrote:
Help her spring for a better 'gamer laptop'*. I priced a 32GB RAM, 8GB ddr5 video 2*1tb drives and 17" for just about $3,000.00.

I did not purchase it because of the weight (8.3) pounds, an issue for me. I have an Alienware M17x, same weight.

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* Just add the difference!!! :shock: :mrgreen:


Yeah I have an older Toshiba Qosmio 18.5" Gamer...paid about $2,400 when they first came out...now you can pick um up for as low as $1,200...great for graphics. I use it a lot for 3D Architectural renderings. It to is a bit to lug around. You like the Alienware though, yeah me too, just don't think she can swing it. We'll see, you might just talk me into helping her out, (then daddy gets to play also, LOL)

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Mar 20, 2015 14:47:19   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
jeep_daddy wrote:
I would tell her to find a model with an i7 Intel processor, 16GB ram, and a large hard drive. I'm sure if she gets one with those specs, it'll have all the other bells and whistles that she'll want like HDMI out for a monitor, USB3 for fast downloads from cards etc. Good luck.


Yup, i7, 16GB, 1TB Drive, Nvidia 2GB Vid Card.
thanks JD...

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Mar 20, 2015 14:50:08   #
Nikon_DonB
 
OnDSnap wrote:
Yup, i7, 16GB, 1TB Drive, Nvidia 2GB Vid Card.
thanks JD...


Definitely a good choice.

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Mar 20, 2015 15:10:59   #
joe west
 
OnDSnap wrote:
Anybody using a Dell Laptop for CC, (PS, AI, LR)? I need to configure a Dell 17" (not Alienware) and not a touch screen laptop for my daughter for School...She'll be using it for her Art/AI and Photography/PS (CC) classes plus school work (I hope) $1,500 budget. She has an account with Dell and wants to finance. I think she is looking at the 7000 series. Any help/experience with Dell laptops appreciated.


dont know about 1500 budget, i bought a toshiba, touch screen
16gb, good graphs card,1tb, hard-drive, 16in screen
paid only $690.00 bucks [bestbuy on sale] laptop

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Mar 20, 2015 15:38:53   #
Rongnongno
 
OnDSnap wrote:
Yeah I have an older Toshiba Qosmio 18.5" Gamer...paid about $2,400 when they first came out...now you can pick um up for as low as $1,200...great for graphics. I use it a lot for 3D Architectural renderings. It to is a bit to lug around. You like the Alienware though, yeah me too, just don't think she can swing it. We'll see, you might just talk me into helping her out, (then daddy gets to play also, LOL)


(pushing)
Create your dream laptop... http://www.xoticpc.com/

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Mar 20, 2015 15:54:53   #
JimBart
 
Have used a Dell laptop for 7 years now with minimum problems. I bought the XPS1530 urg the extended 3 yr on site warranty. Save any hassles and shipping if you have probs

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Mar 21, 2015 06:02:41   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
OnDSnap wrote:
Anybody using a Dell Laptop for CC, (PS, AI, LR)? I need to configure a Dell 17" (not Alienware) and not a touch screen laptop for my daughter for School...She'll be using it for her Art/AI and Photography/PS (CC) classes plus school work (I hope) $1,500 budget. She has an account with Dell and wants to finance. I think she is looking at the 7000 series. Any help/experience with Dell laptops appreciated.


While you are looking at Dells, take a look at Sager/Clevo - I have a number of students using them and I have been impressed with the build quality, tech support and value. They are built like tanks, and offer Alienware-like performance for less than the Alienware price. The NP 8670 with a 512 gb SSD boot drive, 1 TB data drive, and 16 gb ram on two chips (so you can add another 16 if you find you need it) and either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 loaded will cost you about $1600. It also has a 2 gb vram discrete display adapter, so it doesn't share application memory.

http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html

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Mar 21, 2015 06:07:05   #
Dan Mc
 
Juust bought the Dell 17" 7000, i5 processor, 1TB HDD with 6 GB SSd (hybrid hard drive like this is standard!) 12 GB memory (I can bump that to the max of 16 cheaper by buying an 8 GB stick of DDR3 16500 memory at Tiger Direct...easy ten minute, no hassle plug and play), the screen is a full HD touch, back-lit keyboard, nice unit...$945 direct from Dell on line. (Daughter has last year's same model and do9es tons of processing with PS and LR as well as some proggies she uses in Linux.

One caveat....if you want to run Linux as well as Win, do N OT get Win 8/8.1....Linux won't install! Instead, install EWin 7 Home....works like a charm!

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Mar 21, 2015 06:07:31   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
joe west wrote:
dont know about 1500 budget, i bought a toshiba, touch screen
16gb, good graphs card,1tb, hard-drive, 16in screen
paid only $690.00 bucks [bestbuy on sale] laptop


She wants at least a 17" screen cause she got used to using my Toshiba 18.5" Quosmio? What Video Card? Is it an Intel or Nvidia Vcard...at that price I doubt an Nvidia. Maybe...Also my other daughter bought an HP from BB, 1st thing I do before anything is make a backup. Then install anti virus software...(I use Eset), It found 240 instances of virus's and malware issues on it , brand new not even hooked up to internet yet. They told her to bad you didn't get the warranty from the Geek Squad. , you can pay $125 to have the Geek Squad fix it. Last time I shop there.
But thanks for the heads up on the Toshiba.

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Mar 21, 2015 06:31:46   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
Dan Mc wrote:
Juust bought the Dell 17" 7000, i5 processor, 1TB HDD with 6 GB SSd (hybrid hard drive like this is standard!) 12 GB memory (I can bump that to the max of 16 cheaper by buying an 8 GB stick of DDR3 16500 memory at Tiger Direct...easy ten minute, no hassle plug and play), the screen is a full HD touch, back-lit keyboard, nice unit...$945 direct from Dell on line. (Daughter has last year's same model and do9es tons of processing with PS and LR as well as some proggies she uses in Linux.

One caveat....if you want to run Linux as well as Win, do N OT get Win 8/8.1....Linux won't install! Instead, install EWin 7 Home....works like a charm!
Juust bought the Dell 17" 7000, i5 processor,... (show quote)


That's more what I was looking for, what happened to their (Dell's)web site, where you could configure the whole laptop...I saw the one you got but was trying to get it with Win 7 Pro, and I think yours is 4th Gen i7, I wasn't able to configure it for 5th gen i7 and no touch screen, Nvidie GC, max the Ram, I have to call them see what's up...I'd rather her have Win 7 Pro cause I know it's securities and her being in a public place...Plus she'll be on my network when home and I run all Win 7 pro. ( and to many complaints about 8, can't confirm, haven't gotten into it) Good to know about Linux issues with Win 8 though. Thanks. ...if you change memory, I usually buy from Crucial Memory. http://www.crucial.com/ Probably comparable prices with Tiger.

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Mar 21, 2015 06:41:46   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
[quote=Gene51]While you are looking at Dells, take a look at Sager/Clevo - I have a number of students using them and I have been impressed with the build quality, tech support and value. They are built like tanks, and offer Alienware-like performance for less than the Alienware price. The NP 8670 with a 512 gb SSD boot drive, 1 TB data drive, and 16 gb ram on two chips (so you can add another 16 if you find you need it) and either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 loaded will cost you about $1600. It also has a 2 gb vram discrete display adapter, so it doesn't share application memory.

http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html[/quote

I know there's better out there, and Clevo is up there... I usually build my own desktops or use @Xi Computer Corp., but I'll only attempt minor repairs on laptops, the thing is, she want's/needs to finance, and I already have a business account with Dell...but I will take a look see at your suggestion. Thanks Gene...
Doug

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Mar 21, 2015 06:42:29   #
OnDSnap (a regular here)
 
Rongnongno wrote:
(pushing)
Create your dream laptop... http://www.xoticpc.com/


I'm checking it out, Thanks

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