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Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 3:07:50 PM | Laptop market...




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Once again - a question about purchasing a new laptop!! 

I am a student, looking to purchase a laptop with the capabilities of running CAD and Revit. I've looked up the requirements, but I want some opinions on:

- Graphics card

- Brands

- Issues had with said brands of computers/graphics cards

- Whether or not touchscreen would be benificial/useful

I have had a MacBook for the last 5 years, but I'm thinking a non-apple product is the way to go (lower prices, easier to run programs etc...) Since I haven't had anything but Apple personally, trying to decide between Lenovo, Hp, Dell or anything else is difficult. 

Any and all opinions are welcome. TIA

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It won't be cheap, but I always get Dell laptops.  I have had a few minor issues with them, but since they are easy to get parts for, I still prefer Dell.  HP's are nightmare's waiting to happen.


The specs listed above are top notch.  As a student you probably don't need two hard-drives and could step down to an Intel 360Gb Solid state, no RAID.  That should save several hundred right there.

You just need a processor that can in some way, get over the 3.0Ghz mark.  If you plan on doing alot of rendering, get something with as many processor cores as possible. quad-core is now a bare minimum.

4Gb graphics card will do just fine, especially from nVidia. (not AMD)




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