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    I´m trying to build a sandbox with a couple of students and we are checking the characteristics it has to have. I´ve found the ACER Predator G6 Gaming Desktop – AG6-710-70013, which is a PC… but I believe I need to look for a LAPTOP, do you recommend me any model in particular?

    Thank you in advance,

    (from the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, in Mexico –


    Does not need to be a laptop … the hardware will depend on how you want to use the installation, and while a laptop is easier if you’re moving it around, as the sandbox itself is pretty big, it really makes no odds. Much more important is the graphics capability. Basically get the best you can afford! That is often more easily upgraded in a PC than a laptop, and allows you to select NVIDIA rather than the laptop OEM kit.

    have fun – its a great resource when you have it

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    PC is Best Option, you can improve the configuration and use PC for long time.
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    • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by jackdisuja.
    Frank Conforti

    If you are looking for the portability of a laptop you might consider a used Lenovo Y50-70. It has an Nvidia GTX960m GPU and its performance driving the sandbox is very good. I just checked eBay and used, they are going for about $600. The only downside from personal experience (I use the touch version on a daily basis) it is not the most robustly built laptop out there so if buying used, be aware of that. Also, make sure it has the GTX960 not the older GTX860 that goes for a hundred dollars less. My $0.02, keep or discard.


    Thank you for the input… We will check for something similar


    For the moment we are trying with the a laptop with the following characteristics… But, we are not successful in getting good results. After calibration, we are just getting a blue screen. While on other older laptop we are getting at least the “level lines”

    System: Host: daniel-VGN-FW580TF Kernel: 4.4.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
    Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.1) dm: mdm Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
    Machine: System: Sony product: VGN-FW580TF v: C602CBR8 Chassis: type: 10
    Mobo: Sony model: VAIO Bios: American Megatrends v: R4070Y0 date: 09/04/2009
    CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo P8700 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
    flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10105
    clock speeds: min/max: 800/2534 MHz 1: 2534 MHz 2: 800 MHz
    Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV730/M96 [Mobility Radeon HD 4650/5165]
    bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:9480
    Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
    Resolution: 1920×1080@60.00hz
    GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RV730 (DRM 2.43.0, LLVM 3.8.0)
    GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes

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