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Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 12:28:31 PM | Advice For New Windows Laptop

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Hello To the group!I would like to hear your advice, tips and suggestions as I am starting to search for a new laptop. I plan to use it for small scale architectural projects using Sketchup + VRay, Archicad and Revit. My budget is limited (800-900 Euro) and this might sound to be not enough, but I don't require very high detail photo realistic renderings. I would like your opinions about the best approach to choose the best machine without exceeding my budget.The characteristics I should look are:1. Processor type2. Processor frequency3. RAM4. Graphic card and memory5. SSD discLooking at the options I have in my country, the more realistic options is to go for 8GB RAM (I can add more RAM in the future) and the processors intel core i7 from 1.8 to 2.7 GHz.For SSD discs I only can get up to 256GB and some machines have a second HHD disc for backup.How would you approach all these characteristics and in what priorities?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 3:47:51 PM | Advice For New Windows Laptop

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Hi, a quick input from me:

I bought a used ThinkPad W540 about a year ago through a professional refurb business. It cost me about 750 EUR, the model was a couple of years old and would have costed 3000+ EUR new. It has worked well for the small and medium size projects I've done in Revit so far. For rendering I use the Autodesk cloud service so that has not been an issue for me.

My advice would be find a reliabe refurb business that specialises in reselling used high performance professional laptops and look for one with the specs you want if you want a great machine but don't need the latest model.

Best,

Erik


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