A laptop with a non-certified graphic card will be OK for your son.
Even a lot of pro using similar cards because the price.
Chek this, there are good suggestions.
Thanks both for your reactions.
I have decided for a HP Pavilion consisting of:
Intel HD 530 integrated + nVidia GeForce GTX950M
8 Gb RAM
Weighing only 2,2 Kg I think this should be a very nice spec'd laptop that should be sufficient for the next 1-2 years.
Have you tried Dell outlet - just a little patient, you can find a decent laptop (SW certified VC) with a reasonable price
When my students ask this question i give them this answer:
16 GB RAM,
SSD (or when you have enough money SSD PCi)
NVidia Quadro or ATi Fire GL/Pro.
The graphics board is very important for your overall performance and in the rendering it is also interesting to use realview for certain effects.
It wil run on a GeForce but the performance with a real OpenGL card is much better.
Dell precisions are a good choice and sometimes you get good deals from HP too
(Workstationspecialist, aanbiedingen (this is for Holland and Belgium)
4000 euro?, never!!! A good Student laptop with all of the above included will set you down for approx. 1800-2500 euro. Still a lot of money but look at it this way: When it is a 5 year study it is 500 euros a year or 42 euro/month and you can still use it afterwards.
Looks good - I'd go NVIDIA (make sure it's SW certified card) as ATI (always trash inventor - a joke from Inventor users)
not just inventor users :-)
I used to be a Inventor user so heard that joke all o the time
Anyway, ATI card is much better now compared to about more than 10 yrs ago but my choice is still NVIDIA
For a student I would check offerings from Lenovo you can get a decent laptop with an entry level quadro card in it.
I5 or i7 processor
Min 8 gig of ram, better with 16.
SSD is a must but it may be pricey from Lenovo. If it's an option, you can get a standard HDD and swap it later for an SSD.
Also you are asking if the HP Pavilion is going to be ok for 1 or 2 years? I say It should be great for 3 years unless he want's to do hardcore gaming. Then it should work ok for 2 more years. It's not the same budgeting for 2 years or for 5 years but I'm pretty sure users here who buy professional workstation expect to keep it between 3 to 5 years depending on their needs. To me that would be a good reason to get a certified GPU.