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Searching for the PERFECT laptop

well I am looking to buy a new laptop but I just can't seem to find what I need.
1. 13.3-14.1" screen
2. weights less than 5 lbs
3. costs up to 1100$
4. needs a good graphics card with a seperate VRAM (I will be using the "Solidworks" 2008 program, how much seperate memory do you reckon that I need)?

and another question. is it possible to buy the graphics card seperatly from the laptop and install it later?

thank you

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is it possible to buy the graphics card seperatly

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"is it possible to buy the graphics card seperatly from the laptop and install it later?"

The changeable laptop video card existed a few years ago but as people wanted lower prices and no viable STANDARD evolved those passed into the history of the PC.

The answer is no.

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The Best Buy Blue Label products

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Toshiba Satelite E105

HP Pavilion DV3510NR;contentBody

Both fantastic laptops, both under $1100
The Toshiba doesn't have dedicated VRAM but it uses Intel 4500HD so it uses excess dynamic RAM (up to 1700MB of it) for VRAM, its also a hair over 5 pounds

Dell XPS or Inspiron are also good choices.

I wouldn't reccomend the cheap Macbook though, it has integrated graphics and sub-par performance for a $1000 computer.

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Adding to this list

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Lenovo Thinkpad T400 hits the price range.

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Searching for the PERFECT laptop

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Well its obvious to that before buying a laptop you cannot decide because many options are available in market. Since your budget is
$1100 you have many options few of them are alienware, dell, hp etc.
It is upto you which computer you decide to go for.

I mentioned alienware in specific because of its new features and <a href="">alienware repair</a> service available for this.

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Graphics Card

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While you cannot install a graphics card into the laptop, you can hook up an external one to your laptop through an express card slot. While there are a lot of options (for example, asus although their product is impossible to find and costs a lot), I recommend Vidock if you require an external graphics card. Vidock is just a chassis for the graphics card so that will be bought on your own.

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