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Title says it all, well almost I'm sorta picky.
Here's what I'm hoping to find in the next few months specs wise-

-Core i7-3632qm or 3630qm (or other similar Intel i7 processor)
-Discrete graphics gtx 650m or equivalent (ati/amd is OK)
-14"-15.6" display. Really hoping to get touch screen with Windows 8.
-500gb+ HDD. Additional ssd cache or os drive would be a plus.
-MUST HAVE BACK LIT KEYBOARD. One thing I always wished I had with all my previous laptops.
-Minimum of 8gb 1600 ram
All for under 1200$ anything over 1000$ is coming out of my nearly empty pockets. Could potentially go over 1200$ but it would have to be one amazing deal. I will have my desktop "SERBY" with me so gaming isn't very important but would be a very nice bonus, main part is that I can edit and render AutoCAD files easily and quickly.
The lenovo y500 for 879.99$ sparked my interest will update with link when I get back on good old serby tomorrow after noon. Hesitant to buy the y500 because of keyboard issues, click pad issues, lack of touch screen which is all but required for windows 8, and horrible battery life.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this I really need help finding something before August. I appreciate any comments and am open to suggestions.
Edited by HecticSeedz - 3/26/13 at 9:25pm
post #2 of 9
Lenovo has a new idea pad out that is pretty epic.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312439
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There are a few problems with that computer as i stated above the y500 is riddled with clickpad problems and the keyboard has issues as well. But those are minor problems compared to the battery that only lasts UP TO 3.5 hours. Thats when youre using one graphics card. I was looking at this model Click here to go to Lenovo.com but it still has all the same problems...
post #4 of 9
If you can get your hands on one of these, they are great computers, but I would try and find the one with the 1080p screen because it is an amazing screen. I know this from personal experience.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834310660

The video card is kinda weird in it because it can be kinda tricky to configure, and there isn't like an on/off switch to go between on board and dedicated. It goes by GPU usage, so in some games it doesn't use the nvidia card, you have to tell it to use it all the time to get it to work with some games. So I would assume programs can be the same way.
post #5 of 9
MSI GE60 0ND-257US $1149.00
Sager NP9130 $1119.00
Sager NP9150 $1269.00


Only the NP9150 has a Back lit keyboard!
Edited by Awsan - 3/28/13 at 5:50am
     
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I will say I had autocad running on my desktop. For sure get intel because amd will not cut it. and honestly for a laptop get an i7. so yeah I would get a lenovo, thats what i'm typing on right now. I would get the t430 or 430u, depending on wether or not you want it thin. Now, the W series, and they have quaddro cards, but the W series is thier mobile workstation so theyre a little on the bigger side, now what I want in a laptop since I brought my desktop to college. but yeah look at lenovos w or t series thinkpads.

they also have great tech and warranty service, you get an american on the phone 24/7, and they have overnight repair service most of the time. I've sent mine back like 4 times, but hey as long as it works before the warranty runs out im fine

oh, and if autocad is the main concern, go for the quaddro, it will run so much nicer, gaming cards suck with autocad
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The sager NP9130 has my vote. There's an upgrade for a free 670MX, which would allow you to do a few rather impressive things. biggrin.gif It also comes with an i7, so multi-tasking wouldn't be an issue. tongue.gif
     
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toees forgot about sager +1 to that
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post #9 of 9
IF your really going to push AutoCAD and want accuracy.

I suggest Lenovo's Thinkpad workstations
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=8290D97BCD4869FF73A91D590D8749C5
Bit on the expensive side though. Will be at 1200 before tax.

Quad Core i7, 900p 95% RGB Screen, Workstation GPU, Solid Thinkpad reliability.
Reviews rate the 9 cell battery around 6.5 hours for continuous web and 3 hours of 100% load max brightness. Plus the option to by a 50 dollar extended battery to get more endurance.
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