Can you recommend a laptop that will meet the following requirements?

Anonymous November 29, 2013
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I’m an Interior Design student and we have to run software such as Autocad, Sketchbook Pro, Revit and Sketch-up. I don’t mind spending the money if I REALLY need to, I just want to make sure I get what I need.

Here are the MINIMUM requirements:
PC Specifications

  • CPU: Intel or AMD dual/quad/6-core processors (2.33Ghz or better)
    (avoid Celeron and Sempron processors as they are not designed for 3d modeling)
  • Display: 15″ (XGA) minimum
  • RAM: 4 GB minimum (More RAM = Faster Performance)
  • Hard Drive: 160 GB minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD +/- R/RW
  • Video: High-end graphics processor (These change frequently so consult IT staff or sales for
    recommended models. Generally, a computer model geared for “Gaming” will have sufficient video card support. Avoid “Integrated” Graphics Cards.)
  • Network: Wired: 10/100 mbps
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wireless Card (Integrated is standard)
  • O.S.: Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate (Preferred) MS Vista Pro/Ultimate (Acceptable)
  • Warranty: 3-year extended recommended

If anyone can help me I would GREATLY appreciate it! ANY information regarding the would help!

Thank you!

  1. Guy M
    December 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My only warning about Toshiba is to make sure that you make a System Restore disk as soon as you start it up for the first time. Make 2 or 3 if need be. Why? Because using a generic install of Windows on a Toshiba never seems to get all the drivers that you need.
    Other than that, Toshiba's are rock solid, physically and system-wise.
    I'm fast becoming a fan of Acer these days as well.
    Dell has regained a lot of users. They went through a time where I wouldn't even mention Dell.
    Hope that helps.

  2. Hovsep A
    December 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Dell Studio XPS 16
    Dell Studio XPS 1645 Intel Core i7 720QM / 1.6 GHz
    Lenovo G580

  3. Oron J
    November 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I agree with Jan. The main things to look for would be a decent processor (Intel i5 or higher, AMD A8 or higher) and good graphics (discrete graphics to go with the Intel CPU, the the AMD processor the built-in graphics may be sufficient). Get a 64 bit version of Windows and 8GB RAM, this will make things much easier for you. There are so many computer makes and models it would be impossible to suggest a specific one (hey, we don't even know which country you're in!). Some good makes include Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba and ASUS (not dissing others, of course).
    Decide on a budget, filter out anything that doesn't meet the requirements and narrow it down. Then whittle it down further by removing anything you don't like, and if there are any that you *particularly* like, concentrate on them... Once you have narrowed it down to, say, half a dozen, either read up reviews on the internet, or post the list here and ask for opinions.

  4. Sachin K Rai
    November 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I think you should go for Lenovo (ThinkPad W530 Laptop Or IdeaPad Y510p Laptop ). Alienware 17 might also fit it..

    For Budget Combo you may consider Lenovo Z Series (Lenovo Z580, Lenovo Z510)

    Best Wishes

  5. Jan F
    November 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    So basically you are looking for laptop between 1 day and 4 years old costing between $500 up to $3000. This is not meant as an offense to your question but a general answer to what these requirements cover.

    Are you going to use an external monitor or mostly work on the laptops screen? Screen real-estate is important especially for designing and stuff. But with a bigger internal screen weight and size goes up too.

    Just a little selection...
    all quad-core, at least 4GB of RAM, 15" Full-HD screen and a graphics card that should do the job ~ unless you plan on playing Battlefield 4 or something on High-Ultra settings. Then you'll have to look for a pricier device.