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Architecture Student Laptop

Mar 1 '14 2 Last Comment
AlanEscareno
Mar 1, 14 4:19 pm

I am a soon-to-be architecture student in the need of a laptop for college which can support all the programs and tasks that are required. 

Minimum requirements for some schools such as TTU are: 

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor, 2.4Ghz or greater
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 750GB or greater
  • Display: 15 inch or greater (1366x768 or higher resolution)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M or AMD Radeon 6770M
  • Networking: Wireless 802.11N and 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Operating System: Windows 8 or Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium, or OSX Lion or Mavericks

I don't have a very high budget however; it's around $500-$700 and I've been looking at some laptops including these:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Anodized-Silver-17.3-Pavilion-17-e119wm-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-A10-5750M-Quad-Core-Processor-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8.1/34083877

 

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/347537/HP-Pavilion-17-e135nr-Laptop-Computer/?cm_cat=9100000000

 

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/itemdetails/59400022/457/78110F2FFD8E8559C6400A5340008B64

 

Any suggestions? 

 

gbear
Mar 1, 14 8:48 pm

I know it is a little more in your upper budget but you might want to look at these. http://m.dell.com/mt/www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-14/pd.aspx?mboxDisable=1&oc=dkcwg01h2
I have one myself and few friends as well and we are pretty happy with them. If you want a decent configuration to run cad and 3d softwares, you are looking at least around the $1000 dollar mark. Anything lower than that will not be sufficient to run several heavy memory consuming softwares at once. Unless you are looking into building a Desktop unit yourself. Some acer model could be a good alternative as well if you still want to stick with a laptop. Good luck!

Joseph WassellJoseph Wassell
Mar 2, 14 10:56 am

Given your price range, something on the list will have to give.  You may be best off with a refurbished or off-lease machine from tigerdirect.com or newegg.com.

If nothing there floats your boat, I'd suggest paying a little bit more.  Rather than the alienware, I'd look at The lenovo y410p or y510p, both around $800.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/

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