My first video editing laptop was an Acer ter600. Your laptop is many times faster and more. Autocad ran back then too.
So yes to it running.
As to the GPU you can compare GPUs with GPUBOSS.com I can't compare it to the quadro since I can't guess which quadro.
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-970M-vs-GeForce-G110M gives the 970m a solid lead.
I am thinking of buying the Alienware 15, i7 4710HQ, 16GB ram, 128GB SSD + 1TB storage, GTX 970M (3GB)
Yes I am a gamer and I do have the budget, but I am unfortunately also an engineer. This means that I will often be using AutoCAD, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, Visual C++, AspenPlus (for plant simulation) and a lot of spreadsheet calculations.
Do you think the Alienware's specs can safely handle this kind of usage?
Do you think a notebook with a Quadro GPU would be more appropriate?
Please leave your thoughts