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Hi, my brother needs a laptop for his college work, and trying to find one that will be cheap enough but also fast enough. It's main use would be AutoCAD and other programs like that. How much graphics performance do you need for these programs? Also we're on a small budget, max about £400. What do you suggest?
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They make Nvidia Quadro laptops, but they won't be in your price range. You might want to find a used laptop with a dedicated video card. I'd say look for a 7900M or higher video card with a dual core processor. That would be your best be for an AutoCAD capable laptop.
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alright thanks mate i'll have a look, they're quite hard to find
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If you can find a Lenovo T61, that would probably be the best thing to get.

http://www.notebookreview.com/defaul...1.8+GHz+-+14.1

They come with Nvidia NVS140m which is a workstation card. See if you can find one used around where you live.
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I an autocad user. One big question, is he rendering 3d models or is he using it for 2d drawings?
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Originally Posted by sconeboy92 View Post
alright thanks mate i'll have a look, they're quite hard to find
Not too long ago, in college, I've used AutoCAD to make some extra pocket change on a school's computer. As much as a good graphics card may help the final rendering process, for most of the work to build, extrude, intersect, etc it is advisable to have all the geometry in the RAM.

My advice, since you're under a tight budget, is to get whatever dual core laptop you can find, put 4GB of RAM and a 64bit OS (XP x64 works just fine). As I said, this type of lappy would be good for creating your geometries, but when adding textures and other image-intensive layers a discrete VID card would help, even if it's not the latest trick.

In the order of importance you should focus on:
  • dual core - not too difficult
  • 4GB of ram to be supported, the more the merrier
  • discrete gfx card, or at least an integrated graphics card like AMD's 780M or Nvidia's 9300/9400 - no Intel as your bro will hate the poor lappy
You know you're pushing it a little with a 400£ lappy for Autocad, but you should come up good with the first two points mentioned above.

Cheers!
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post #7 of 9
You will be hard pressed to find a new laptop for that cost with a descrete graphics card. The best that I could find in the price range was a laptop with 7150M, which I dont think will cut it. I would look around for a used laptop.
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post #8 of 9
I would have thought that a tablet might be useful for taking notes/drawing diagrams in class..but you guys are the experts!
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post #9 of 9
I ran autocad just fine on my old HP latop with single core athlon 1.8, 1gb of ram, and the 6 series onboard nVidia . I only paid 400usd for it on black friday a few years back.
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