Laptop Purchase Suggestions

July 4, 2011 at 15:27:16
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Hello All,

I am looking to purchase a new laptop and would like to get a few suggestions from everyone here. The laptop I am purchasing will be used to run Autocad 2011 and will need to be able to perform complex 3D-Rendering and video encoding. My question is, when considering 3D-Rendering, what is most important: the CPU, GPU, or RAM? In terms of CPU, should I go quad core or dual core? I believe that 3D-Rendering (especially with autocad since it is multithreaded) would take great advantage of a quad core processor. Here is what I have put together so far as the major parts for my laptop:

CPU: 2nd Gen Intel Core i's proc (Quad Core): Core i7-2630QM

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M or NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M or AMD Radeon HD 6570M

RAM: At least 6GB DDR3 Dual channel RAM

Do these specs above sound reasonable for a computer to meet my needs? Should I perhaps reassign some of my resources? For example, should I spend more money on more RAM and get a Core i5 processor instead? What laptops out there would you suggest that meet these specs (or the specs that you suggest)? Below is a list of 3 laptops I have already considered. Let me know your opinions.

Laptops Considered:
• Lenovo IdeaPad Y560P (Ram upgrade needed)
• Samsung RF511-S02
• Dell XPS 15 (Customizable on their site)

EDIT: Also forgot to note that I want a laptop that is portable. This means a screen between 13" - 15". Also, my budget is about $1,000. $1200 max

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July 5, 2011 at 09:58:59
- CPU: i7 - Yes!

- Video: Get as beefy an adapater as your budget allows; make sure the Video Adapter in the laptop you choose supports the AutoCAD 2011 fully.

- Laptops reliability, see this:

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!

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