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vfxroto
05-20-2012, 08:43 AM
Hi all,

Been planning 2 yrs ago for Asus-ROG-G73SW-3DE.
Corei7 2630QMe/16gb ddr3 ram. But newer models are now released.
I need workstation for mobility for I travel a lot my budget around 2000usd.I use 3dsmax, after effects, photoshop, nuke, mudbox, mocha imageenirs, for my work.

Thanks for your help

vfx roto

PILGRIM
05-20-2012, 09:45 AM
Hi. For that budget, you might opt for the G74SX-3DE instead.

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 11:00 AM
thanks for the quick reply PILGRIM:) with this budget dyou think i can have 16gb ram?
May i know your asus rog specs and how much u bought it. thanks

antisocialbratt
05-20-2012, 11:39 AM
I think for a budget of 2000 bucks he can easily get G75VW DH73 3D. Its base version is priced at $1968 at Xoticpc with free shipping in USA. It has i7 3610QM,16GB RAM, 670m 3Gb GPU. There are two 750 gb HDD. You can replace one with a SSD at the time of order and price would be pretty much around 2000 bucks. Worth a look me-thinks ;) http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g75vwds733d-eta-midmay-p-4324.html?wconfigure=yes
I'll grab one of these beast in a few weeks. Can't wait :o

fuzon1337
05-20-2012, 11:48 AM
Hi @vfxroto

With the G74SX, just keep in mind that this notebook doesn't have the Num luck key, so you can use the numeric pad on it.
(unless Asus have released a fix for it)

That notebook does support up to 32GB RAM, but since it's shipped with Win7 Home Premium then it's limited to 16GB. If you want to use more then you need to upgrade the OS :)

Asus G74SX-3DE: $2 449,-
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G74SX-DH73-3D-17-3-Inch-Gaming-Laptop/dp/tech-data/B005PAJIGC/ref=de_a_smtd

ASUS G75VW-DS73-3D: $2 099,-
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G75VW-DS73-3D-17-3-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/tech-data/B007RKGJD8/ref=de_a_smtd

PILGRIM
05-20-2012, 12:05 PM
thanks for the quick reply PILGRIM:) with this budget dyou think i can have 16gb ram?
May i know your asus rog specs and how much u bought it. thanks

CPU: Intel 2630QM / GPU: nVidia GTX 560M / Matte-screen 120 Hz /
Disk Drives: SSD 128 GB (Primary), HDD 750 GB (Secondary) / Wi-Fi: Intel 6230 /
RAM: 16 GB

I bought the stock G74 3D plus the upgrades for about $2100 last year.
Well, it's up to you.. You also have the G75 3D to choose from, as what bratt
and fuzon has indicated. Methinks any of the G73 3D/ G74 3D/ or G75 3D
would be a nice investment for as long as the price is right.

Zygomorphic
05-20-2012, 12:14 PM
Also look at the G55 for more portability. The G55 (3610 QM GTX660M) is apparently not too hard to disassemble, supports 16 (expand to 32) GB of RAM, but only has one HDD slot. It has an mSata connector, but access to that is not for the faint of heart. Alternately, look at the G53SX (2670 QM 16->32 GB RAM GTX560M), which has two SATA III connectors for dual hard drives. The disassembly of the G53SX is also not for the faint of heart, but it is more portable than the G7X's. I know some people have put 32 GB in their G53SX, along with two hard drives (or 1 SSD & 1 HDD).

PILGRIM
05-20-2012, 12:25 PM
Zygomorphic, does the G55 have a 3D model yet? If so, the OP will have to look on that, too.

chrsplmr
05-20-2012, 05:30 PM
Not yet here in the US brotherPILGRIM - 'we' are being patient. tic tic tic ...

As to the OP: As stated above .. The best price on the day you purchase ..
A deal is a deal only if it works for YOU.
but .. (I love but.. dont you ?) If it is close .. remember the 'upgrades/updates' are
in the G75 ... (sound issues are being worked out, but so far, this seems to be it.)
The G74 is tried and true ... issues, workArounds and fixes abound via this forum and
those who love them ..

Best of Luck .. like they say, 'we'll' leave the light on.
y'all come back now, ya'hear !!! c.

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 06:09 PM
I think for a budget of 2000 bucks he can easily get G75VW DH73 3D. Its base version is priced at $1968 at Xoticpc with free shipping in USA. It has i7 3610QM,16GB RAM, 670m 3Gb GPU. There are two 750 gb HDD. You can replace one with a SSD at the time of order and price would be pretty much around 2000 bucks. Worth a look me-thinks ;) http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g75vwds733d-eta-midmay-p-4324.html?wconfigure=yes
I'll grab one of these beast in a few weeks. Can't wait :o

Thanks for the link:) be considering this.

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 06:20 PM
Hi @vfxroto

With the G74SX, just keep in mind that this notebook doesn't have the Num luck key, so you can use the numeric pad on it.
(unless Asus have released a fix for it)

That notebook does support up to 32GB RAM, but since it's shipped with Win7 Home Premium then it's limited to 16GB. If you want to use more then you need to upgrade the OS :)

Asus G74SX-3DE: $2 449,-
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G74SX-DH73-3D-17-3-Inch-Gaming-Laptop/dp/tech-data/B005PAJIGC/ref=de_a_smtd

ASUS G75VW-DS73-3D: $2 099,-
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G75VW-DS73-3D-17-3-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/tech-data/B007RKGJD8/ref=de_a_smtd


Check the link, Thanks a lot:) Im considering the g74,g75/g55 3d monitor and maybe 8gb ram then i'll just upgrade later to 32gb. If i upgrade it to 32gb should I buy another 4pcs 8gb ram? the link shows 12gb ram i guess its 8gb then 4gb in it. Aand shows 4 slots.

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 06:32 PM
CPU: Intel 2630QM / GPU: nVidia GTX 560M / Matte-screen 120 Hz /
Disk Drives: SSD 128 GB (Primary), HDD 750 GB (Secondary) / Wi-Fi: Intel 6230 /
RAM: 16 GB

I bought the stock G74 3D plus the upgrades for about $2100 last year.
Well, it's up to you.. You also have the G75 3D to choose from, as what bratt
and fuzon has indicated. Methinks any of the G73 3D/ G74 3D/ or G75 3D
would be a nice investment for as long as the price is right.

Your right im considering my budget for now. I guess I'll have the latest g series version and upgrade later the ram or ssd. Another question if you may, have u tried using softwares like photoshop, 3dsmax, after effects or other heavy softwares? I usually do 2k to 4k footages. Or any of you guys give can give me feedback about its performance? thanks again PILGRIM

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 06:39 PM
Also look at the G55 for more portability. The G55 (3610 QM GTX660M) is apparently not too hard to disassemble, supports 16 (expand to 32) GB of RAM, but only has one HDD slot. It has an mSata connector, but access to that is not for the faint of heart. Alternately, look at the G53SX (2670 QM 16->32 GB RAM GTX560M), which has two SATA III connectors for dual hard drives. The disassembly of the G53SX is also not for the faint of heart, but it is more portable than the G7X's. I know some people have put 32 GB in their G53SX, along with two hard drives (or 1 SSD & 1 HDD).


Yes im considering g55 i had no problem with the size as long it does performs well. I could always use external monitor. Do you have a link for g55 with 32gb ram? can't find it in amazon. Thanks man:)

Holy
05-20-2012, 06:51 PM
You would have to upgrade the ram yourself for 32gb.

vfxroto
05-20-2012, 06:59 PM
You would have to upgrade the ram yourself for 32gb.

Yes thats my plan i'll have 8-16gb first then later upgrade it to 32gb. But if my budget permits i'll have 32gb right away:)

fostert
05-21-2012, 12:18 AM
32GB upgrade (i.e. 4 x 8GB SODIMMs) will run you ~$200 nowadays. NCIX just had a special on Corsair Vengeance 1x8GB 1600MHz CL10 sticks, for $55 each. It was active yesterday, but seems done today (those modules are now $72 each). But if you get a G74 then get two of these 1333MHz kits:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=67289&vpn=CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9&manufacture=Others

They will be perfect and you will not notice any difference between them and the 1600MHz variety (unless you run memory benchmarks for your work!). Or watch for those 1600 MHz sticks to come back on sale.
Are you sure you'll really use 32GB in one sitting? Its alot to fill...heck even 16GB is alot to fill up during a session.

Zygomorphic
05-21-2012, 08:15 AM
Yes im considering g55 i had no problem with the size as long it does performs well. I could always use external monitor. Do you have a link for g55 with 32gb ram? can't find it in amazon. Thanks man:)

NP :) Look at XoticPC, they will customize the system for you with up to 32 GB of 1600 MHz RAM. I have never ordered from them, but some people on the forum say they are nice to work with. Opinions, anyone? Also, XoticPC will let you customize everything, including display, processor, RAM, and more.

PILGRIM
05-21-2012, 01:06 PM
Your right im considering my budget for now. I guess I'll have the latest g series version and upgrade later the ram or ssd. Another question if you may, have u tried using softwares like photoshop, 3dsmax, after effects or other heavy softwares? I usually do 2k to 4k footages. Or any of you guys give can give me feedback about its performance? thanks again PILGRIM

Sorry, others will have to give answers. I've never used those software.

Holy
05-21-2012, 03:02 PM
In response to Zygo, xoticpc is very nice they will try and meet your schedual. They give a 1 year warrenty(how ever you spell it) with all their upgrades or modifications, although the make you pay return shipping for this. For instance i paid for a purple keyboard it arrived with just the bottom row remotly purple. I shipped it back for an rma and it cost me 8 dollars more than the damn mod. Atleast there expiditing my rma. And they will ship it back free.

Zygomorphic
05-21-2012, 04:07 PM
No offense intended, but this the spelling:
1) "warrantie" is "warranty"
2) there is "their" (in this case).

Good to know about their policies @Holy, that purple keyboard will be sweet. Pics please :o

Peregrine
05-21-2012, 07:25 PM
I upgraded mine from 12GB to 16GB.
Got a memory widget. Annnnd... my laptop barely uses 8GB at max load.
Moral? 32GB is overkill.

fostert
05-22-2012, 12:25 AM
Moral? 32GB is overkill.

Yes, it is pretty much. I don't know of many Windows apps that use this much memory so for the common gamer 32GB will do nothing, except enable you to run multiple games at once(!). But, that said, if I had 32GB that Windows could use and I gamed, I would create a massive RAM disk (24GB), copy the game files to it, and run the game off of there. Now that would be the ultimate in speed, even beating an SSD by an order or two of magnitude in gigabytes per second of bandwidth. Wow.

Zygomorphic
05-22-2012, 01:31 AM
Yeah, 16 GB is more than enough for most, though a good-sized RAM disk would be pretty sweet. I can just imagine compiling the LINUX kernel in a RAM disk :). If you have the budget and are going to open the case, upgrade the RAM to 32 GB (@fostert, time for you to move on to 64 GB :p ) and put in an SSD. The performance those things provide is pretty impressive. That will up your computer's speed even more than 16 GB of RAM will, unless you are @fostert :cool:, and carry a super-computer in a bag :). I don't have an SSD, but I have seen people who have them, and it makes me jealous. The response time (not to mention bandwidth) of a good SSD improves OS performance better than anything else I know.

fostert
05-23-2012, 03:16 AM
Thats some good advice @Zygo....spend your $$ on a SSD instead of 32GB RAM. A killer upgrade for sure that will be far more useful than a RAMdisk (since it won't be erased every time you boot!). In fact the ~$200-$280 you spend on 32GB will get you a very fast 240GB SSD instead.
Honestly I think I'd do that for me own G74 before I went to 64GB, but I keep watching for 4of these (http://www.onyougo.com/hp-16gb-1x16gb-ddr3-1600-ecc-dimm-memory-modules_pi1595813) to come in a SODIMM package soon!! Ah, its not like my SandyBridge would recognize 64GB, but you know I'd be willing to try for the sake of science!!

Zygomorphic
05-25-2012, 08:23 AM
So sure of this, are you? Always with you it cannot be done! :)

Actually, I thought it hilarious when you showed @MarshallR that the G74SX supported 32GB. Who knows, maybe the Ivy Bridge CPUs support 64...