Computer Recommendations?

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What equipment does a Software Engineer & Digital Artist use?

Every job has the proper tool.

At Home: Custom Built Desktops

I’ve got many computers, and they all have different purposes. My main computer was built for VR (Virtual Reality). Virtual Reality development and testing requires a lot of computing power. When I started developing VR experiences in 2016 I built a custom computer which I continue to modify and use for development today. Here are the specs to my build.

VR Headsets

I currently use:

The Muscle

Graphics Card

Processor

Memory

The Aesthetic

I like the white and black look with the RGB set up.

For Mobile Graphics Power

I try to travel as often as I can. There are so many beautiful places in the world that offer inspiration.

The laptop I choose to carry around the world with me is the MSI GS63VR Stealth (until Apple releases a MacBook that can run VR)

I picked this machine because it was the best laptop I could find for running Virtual Reality without bringing a desktop computer or a 10lb laptop. At the time I was working at the State Farm HQ in Atlanta, GA and was the Technical Liaison to Lanier High School. Before purchasing this laptop I was testing the Razer Blade and I had brought it to the high school for “Dev Day” with my junior developers. Would you believe the Blade fried the graphics card as we were setting up! Nothing like telling 40 eager eyed high schoolers that they won’t be playing with the Oculus Rift they’d been eyeing during our intro. I immediately returned the Blade and got the MSI. This machine rocks. It will run Virtual Reality for hours without getting hot. The 1060 graphics card and 16gb of DDR4 ram will have your animations rendering quickly. The cooling on this machine is really incredible. There have been a few times that I’ve actually turned the fans up to cool myself down in a warm coffee shop.

If Apple could get their laptops to run VR then I would have a MacBook. Maybe next year they’ll catch up. I absolutely love the trackpad and keyboard on the Apple products. The Mac OS is based on a Linux kernel so it also makes developing easier in many situations.