I need a new laptop and some help deciding

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  1. gil

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    I want a laptop that I will be installing AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, and Revit in the future. The laptop I have now runs Sketchup very poorly.

    Now I need to know what to look for in a new laptop. Do I look at the Processor, Video Card, or Memory.

    Here's what I'm looking at:

    Toshiba
    Processor Platform: L Enhanced Intel Centrino
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
    Processor Speed: 2.0GHz
    System Bus: 667MHz
    Cache Memory:2MB on die Level 2
    System Memory (RAM):4GB
    Type of Memory (RAM): PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics:Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    Video Memory:128MB - 358MB dynamically allocated shared

    or

    HP
    Processor Brand:AMD
    Processor: AMD Turion X2 UltraProcessor
    Speed: 2.1GHz
    Cache Memory:2MB on die Level 2
    System Memory (RAM): 4GB
    Type of Memory (RAM): DDR2
    Graphics: ATI RADEON HD 3200 graphics RS780M
    Video Memory: Up to 1918MB total available

    Both are under $1000, and I don't really want to spend more(not because I don't want to, but because I can't). Which would be a better choice?
     
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    What version of AutoCAD will you be running?

    Oh and I would not run any version of AutoCAD without a dedicated graphics card.
     
  3. gil

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    I's going to be a student version of AutoCAD 2009. The school bookstore dosn't have them in stock yet, but should be expecting it in the next week or so. Damn, that's another $90 I forgot about.
     
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    Then I'd say investing in a laptop with a seperate graphics card:
    Autodesk - AutoCAD - Features & Specifications

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    And $90 for a student version of 2009.
    Not bad.
     
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    RabidYak Go Ninja Go Ninja Go

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    I usually woulden't even entertain the notion of buying anything with an AMD chip in it at this point, but the HP is probably the better bet if meaty video is a requirement of your CAD stuff.
     
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    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    as your bro, i say no to AMD...:p 
     
  7. gil

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    1,280 x 1,024? Damn, the laptops I see on BestBuys site jumps from 1280 x 800 to 1680 x 1050.

    As far as the student version AutoCAD, I should already have it, but the bookstore ordered the wrong textbook (well, the right textbook, but the one without the software). It's only good for 18 months, but by then, the new one should be out, or better, I have a job and the $4000 version.
     
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    Mastergeorge I should burn my wallet.

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    Get a Dell or an alienware. They last long.
     
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    Actually, looking at the spec again it seems that is only for Vista or 3D Modeling
     
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    u ever thought of looking at buy.com and seeing what they have the price they offer for most product is a steal
     

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