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A friend of mine works in the aircraft design industry and runs AutoCad 2013 Architectural and Inventor. Apparently these programs are extremely demanding and he must have unfailing performance and it must be a laptop, as he designs "on the fly". I have designed him a machine that I think would be unstoppable for at least a couple of years. Specs are as follows:

CPU- i7 3840QM
Graphics- Dual nVidia GTX-670MX
RAM- 32gb Kingston Hyper-X DDR3-1600
HDD- Intel 520 series 480gb
Other hardware to be determined.

If anyone is familiar with the above AutoCad programs and could offer an opinion on how this setup would perform, I would gretly appreciate it. Thanks!
post #2 of 14
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A friend of mine works in the aircraft design industry and runs AutoCad 2013 Architectural and Inventor. Apparently these programs are extremely demanding and he must have unfailing performance and it must be a laptop, as he designs "on the fly". I have designed him a machine that I think would be unstoppable for at least a couple of years. Specs are as follows:

CPU- i7 3840QM
Graphics- Dual nVidia GTX-670MX
RAM- 32gb Kingston Hyper-X DDR3-1600
HDD- Intel 520 series 480gb
Other hardware to be determined.

If anyone is familiar with the above AutoCad programs and could offer an opinion on how this setup would perform, I would gretly appreciate it. Thanks!

I'm not familiar with AutoCad programs however I do believe that setup is good enough.
First of all, NVIDIA has CUDA which is great for your AutoCad programs.
I also assume it'll last you long enough.

What is the laptop screen size and the budget?
     
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Screen will be 17", and I've found out I really need to push for a 3960XM CPU, due to the fact it has more cores. I also need to upgrade to a nVidia Quadro K500M graphics card. These factors drive the cost up dramatically, but the longevity factor will be there. Cost isn't an issue at all, as long as I can justify the expense. This guy absolutely has to be able to input, design, and present on the run without worrying about a crash in the middle of what he's doing. I'm now researching cases and motherboards, which is an almost impossible undertaking due to the proprietary nature of the laptop industry. But I want a case and cooling system that will be dependable and durable. And the mobo needs to be not only reliable but upgradable as much as possible. I've gotten quite an education in my research on this. A guy can spend a small fortune on a laptop!
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Screen will be 17", and I've found out I really need to push for a 3960XM CPU, due to the fact it has more cores. I also need to upgrade to a nVidia Quadro K500M graphics card. These factors drive the cost up dramatically, but the longevity factor will be there. Cost isn't an issue at all, as long as I can justify the expense. This guy absolutely has to be able to input, design, and present on the run without worrying about a crash in the middle of what he's doing. I'm now researching cases and motherboards, which is an almost impossible undertaking due to the proprietary nature of the laptop industry. But I want a case and cooling system that will be dependable and durable. And the mobo needs to be not only reliable but upgradable as much as possible. I've gotten quite an education in my research on this. A guy can spend a small fortune on a laptop!

I think if he wants better performance without any problems. I highly recommend he get a desktop version again you are asking for a laptop with a professional GPU. It's true the cost will increase significantly, but I think it's better to find one that'll work and probably last couple years or more.

All PC will crash sooner or later, so I won't really worry about. Maybe he can get an external hard drive to saves the files that he is working in case the laptop tend to crashed.

Where are you guys located?
Does Amazon, Newegg or other online-stores work for you?
     
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Then again it depend on you guys.
Do you want a laptop that is MAINLY focus on the performance for AutoCad without worrying about price or you guys are sort of worried about it?
If you guys don't mind spending ton of money on it then you can get an expensive laptop that has a powerful professional GPU otherwise I think that GTX 670m dual is sufficient.

Again, I'm not familiar with AutoCads, so don't take everything literal.
     
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Dell Precision M6700 looks like it can spec to pretty outrageous levels.
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It has to be a laptop due to the fact he's actually designing instrument clusters and such in flight, usually sitting in the co-pilot's seat. I realize a desktop would be much more economical and not hard to build. I've built several PC's, so that's the easy part. His bottom line to me was that he knew the limitations of a laptop, but that he also new the inherent limitations and unneccessary BS you get in a "propriety" unit such as Asus. He currently owns an Asus and a Nobilus semi-custom, and both machines have inherent issues that I think can be avoided with a custom built unit that's been assembled from the ground up to do just what he needs it ti do. Sounds simple enough, but laptops are an entirely different animal from a desktop, mainly due to cooling limitations. But I know it's possible to do, as there are several manufacturers making extreme gaming laptops with the same hardware I've outlined above. I think I've settled on RJTech.com as the supplier. There case (Cleco P370EM) and cooling seem to be more than adequate and they have good reviews. Pricing is similar on all systems, but with RJ I can order just the case with main components and add to that instead of having to buy a complete rig with all the pre-installed BS you normally get. We don't need a gaming rig, we need a performance rig.
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A clevo barebone? smile.gif
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WOW! That Eurocom Panther is awsome! The price keeps going up...... Not sure I can convince my buddy to spend nine grand, but maybe. The Clevo barebone would come in around five with me installing RAM, SSD, etc., but wouldn't touch the Panther with a Xeon ES-2690. It has a lot of BS though that is not required and would be difficult to sell. Wish I could get that in a barebones!
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