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Buying a new laptop

by R4sso / October 13, 2015 1:16 PM PDT

Hi everyone,
I need to buy a new laptop for running AutoCAD Architecture 2015, I would like to buy the best but not the expensivest Laptop good for working this program. Can anyone give me any advice?, please be accurate in Model, Make and Model, Memory, Graphic Card etc. I will appreciate it!


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Re: Autocad Architecture 2015
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 1:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Buying a new laptop

Please post a link to the system requirements of that program. Usually, they mention a minimum and a recommended.

Other aspects that might be relevant:
- screen size (13, 15, 17")
- weight
- how long the battery lasts (depending on the use, if mostly with a power adapter it's less important than if you run it mostly on battery)
- do you wish a backlighted keyboard
- screen matte or glossy



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Buying a new Laptop
by R4sso / October 14, 2015 10:49 AM PDT
Thank you for your help Kees, here go some specs Autodesk recommend for installation of the software:
Operating System:
• Windows® 8 and 8.1 Enterprise x64
• Windows® 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (SP0 or SP1 for x64)
• HPC operating systems (Solver only): Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012.
Suggested Hardware:
Recommended Laptop:
• Model: HP EliteBook 8570w with Intel i7-3820m @ 2.7 GHz (4 Cores)
• RAM: 16 GB
• Video: Nvidia Quadro K1000M
• Hard Drive: SSD
• 24-bit color setting at 1280 x 1024 or higher screen resolution
• 512 MB DRAM or higher OpenGL-capable graphics card (recommended)
• 256 MB on-board memory (minimum)
Pointing Device:
• Microsoft® mouse-compliant pointing device
Media Reader:
• DVD-ROM drive³
• Windows Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
Internet Connection:
• For web downloads and Subscription Aware access
The equipment they recommend I founded in a store with the following characteristics:
Main Specifications:
Product Description HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation 8570w - 15.6" - Core i7 3630QM - Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Professional 64-bit downgrade - 8 GB RAM - 180 GB SSD + 500 GB HDD
System Type Notebook
Operating System Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Professional 64-bit downgrade
Processor Intel Core i7 (3rd Gen) 3630QM / 2.4 GHz ( 3.4 GHz ) / 6 MB Cache
Memory 8 GB DDR3
Storage 180 GB SSD + 500 GB HDD / 7200 rpm
Display 15.6" LED backlight Full HD WVA anti-glare 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
Graphics AMD FirePro M4000 - 1 GB GDDR5
Networking 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem
Battery 8-cell - up to 6.5 hour(s)
Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader, SmartCard reader
Color Gunmetal
Dimensions (WxDxH) 15 in x 10.1 in x 1.5 in
Weight 6.6 lbs
Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
Localization English / United States
Manufacturer Selling Program HP Smart Buy
Environmental Standards ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold
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Need a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 2:10 PM PDT
In reply to: Buying a new laptop

That's a sliver or tiny portion of the specs for a laptop. If this is going to set on a desk, we get a big screen. For students we get into the 15 inch class. I have a lot of favorites but laptops rarely have graphic cards. They put the chips onto the mainboard so I think you meant GPU.

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