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Discussion in 'General Cam Chat' started by PinkCat, Aug 12, 2018 at 11:42 AM.

  1. PinkCat

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    I don't know a lot (really nothing lol) about computer specs. Right now I regularly use a Dell laptop that I got in like 2011 or something. It's definitely dying haha. I was wondering if anyone could help me out or at least point me in the direction of someone who could help me. I'm looking for a laptop that would be good for camming. I also play one game (Sims 3, judge me lol) and I'd like to get Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop Elements and I use Microsoft Office regularly (mainly Word). I'm looking to stay under $1000. I'm toying with the idea of getting a gaming laptop because I've heard they usually have great performance compared to casual pc laptops. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. OldHippy

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    Something like this might be what you are looking for...

    https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16834316435

    or

    https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16834154819

    The first represents better value and is a more powerful machine.

    Here are some things to look for:

    • 16GB if RAM (this is memory, rule of thumb the more the better, for what you are looking to do 16GB is what you want)
    • i7 processor (this is the brain of the computer, look at the model number after the i7. It will be something like this i7-8750. The first number, 8, in this case, tells you what generation the processor is - you want the number to be 8 or 7, this means a 7th or 8th generation processor. Any number lower than this means you are buying a old computer... the next three numbers tell you how fast the processor is, the higher the better, but really any i7 of the current 2 generations should do the job.
    • Graphics Card (really only needed for gaming). Look for GeForce 1050 or 1060 or in the older generation GeForce 960 or 970 cards. You need these only for gaming, there are better and much more expensive cards around if you are serious about gaming, but these will do whatever you want at a reasonable price.
    • Hard drive (the storage). SSD - solid state drive (like in a USB or what your phone uses) are much faster than the old type disk drives, but are more expensive, 250MB should be sufficient. Remember you can buy a USB drive if you need additional storage later...
    That should be the basics, Amazon also has great deals going. If you find a laptop that you are not sure about you can post a link and we can take a look at it.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Zoomer

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    Gaming laptops? things to know about gaming laptops - they run hot, you can't really upgrade, they weigh a ton, they die fast (then again, so do any laptop if you put them on top of a duvet, which covers the air vents, leading to overheating. Poor laptop placement causing ventilation issues is definitely a killer! Always on a desk, a padded tray - as in padded underneath, hard level tray top above, so easy on the knees or surface placed upon - or other non sinking surface is good).

    I wouldn't recommend a gaming laptop though. You don't need specs for "Word", you don't need specs for Sims 3 either. And unless you're doing renders (unlikely) then a dedicated graphics card isn't a necessity for video editing either - unless you're serious about video editing. So sounds like overkill. Anyway, here's the requirements for what you've listed so far:

    and for Adobe

    However, best to ask other models what the requirements are for a laptop for streaming on cam. The links provided above about the Acer would certainly fit the bill - in fact, exceed it, but if that's your budget then maybe that's what is best to spend. But if you need something left over for the decent cam (i.e $100) then perhaps downscale slightly. All I will say is most laptops allow for expansion of memory - so if you were cutting a corner, perhaps a little less memory that you can easily expand down the line is an approach (8Gb min I guess, expand by 8Gb in a month or so).

    For example, if you only play Sims 3 or facebook games and no intention to game - you don't need a great gfx card in the laptop (dedicated graphics card) as most new processors would suffice to achieve the graphics as well. If you want or think you may, then go for the one recommnded or something similar - as the one thing you definitely cannot upgrade is the graphics (or the CPU). Both hard drive and memory can be replaced/improved upon at a later date if necessary.
     
    #3 Zoomer, Aug 13, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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  4. PinkCat

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    omg thank you!! that all makes enough sense that i can at least feel a bit more confident looking. seriously, thank you so much!!
     
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  5. SaffronBurke

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    Did you maybe mean 250gb? 250mb is NOTHING. Most of the raw video files from my camera are 1gb or more, with only 250mb of storage I wouldn't even be able to edit anything. I have 2tb on my laptop, and a 2tb external hard drive that I move everything to after it's been uploaded everywhere it needs to go, and that sucker is almost full!
     
  6. OldHippy

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    Yes my bad...:think:. obviously 250GB
     
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