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I have a friend that does cad and he is looking to purchase a lap top he has a budget of around $2000 Aud so far he has his eyes on the Hewlett Packard HP Smart Buy EliteBook

Part no# B8V43UT#ABA

Specs
Cpu: I7-3610QM
Hard drive: 750GB 7200rpm
Graphics Controller: Quadro K1000M
Ram: 8Gig 1600mhz
Os: Windows 7 64bit
This is Aprox $1800 Aud

What laptops does every one recommend for doing Cad as i know a fair bit about desktops but not laptops. Any recommendations appreciated.
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If he wants to spend a little bit over 2k, you will want to look at one of these guys(Particularly the $1400+ ones):
http://www.affordablelaptops.com.au/contents/en-us/d6_metabox-clevo-laptop-notebook.html#p1955

You can get a K5000M, 16gb of ram, a 95% Gamut screen, options of SSD's(Go with the hard drive if not necessary). These machines are built by Clevo.
Edited by ALMOSTunseen - 5/13/13 at 3:43am
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Cheer for that input. Whats the difference in a Quatro k1000m compared to a 670m for cad purposes.
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As stated on a spec sheet:
"The Quadro series offers certified drivers that are optimized for stability and performance in professional applications like CAD or DCC. OpenGL performance, for example, should be significantly better than GeForce graphics cards of similar specifications."
For CAD, the K1000m should be better then a 670m.
In gaming terms, the K1000M is equvilent to a 630M.
Even though the 670M may have some better specs then the K1000, the K1000 will still destroy it in any CAD and openGL/openCL work.
Nvidia has actually been making their consumer GPU's less optimised for CAD and openGL/openCL work as the generations go by.
You can see by this image, the old gtx 580 actually beats the 680 in an OpenCL benchmark.

Edited by ALMOSTunseen - 5/13/13 at 3:48am
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Just recently bought a model like this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-PRECISION-M6700-i7-3820QM-16GB-500GB-K3000M-1080p-BT-3YR-NEXT-BUS-DAY-WTY-/161012133533?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item257d122e9d

Awesome for the price and runs quite snappy. Can't beat refurbished with a warranty.
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post #6 of 8
don't bother with consumer cards stick to Quadros if your friend is serious about a machine to do CAD on.
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I recommend the follow Hewlett parkard (HP) model if you want to spend the cash to fully equip it.

http://laptops.techcrunch.com/l/912/Folio-13-1029wm

IMO best because its cheap so you can add some of the best stuff as well.
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Foilo 13 is limited to HD3000
Which will lag when doing larger full resolution CAD models.

Good for the price and what it is but if the person needs a mobile CAD computer with only a HD3000 is sure not the way to go.
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