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Looking for an everyday laptop...which will run SolidWorks?

by ScarletHart / July 21, 2013 7:57 AM PDT

Hi there,

Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice on laptops? My trusty Dell recently died on me - I'm an engineering undergrad so would ideally like something which could cope with some basic CAD stuff in SolidWorks (no fancy simulations or renders), but otherwise the laptop would be mainly used for general internet/office uses, no gaming or heavy video editing or anything like that.

I've been looking at a few laptops with 3rd gen i5 processors, 8 GB RAM and 750 GB - 1TB hard drives - my main query is whether I need to get a dedicated graphics card or whether the intel HD 4000 ones these come with will do?

Portability/battery life/optical drives don't concern me too much, but ideally I'd like it to be under £600 (and available in the UK!)

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Should do but your diehard folk will write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2013 9:32 AM PDT
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Well if you have time to
by orlbuckeye / July 23, 2013 4:57 AM PDT

wait the OEM's will be releasing the 4th generation I5's and i3's soon. The built-in graphics of the 4th generation is well improved. Sounds like your not going to be doing much that will require a discrete card. If you want to make sure it has better built in graphics wait for 4th gen or if you want a better price go 3rd gen. 4th gen are expected to be about 10% higher in cost.

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Odd, looks to be lower in price.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 7:34 AM PDT
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