Architecture Student Laptop


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:


Any suggestions? 

Mar 1, 14 4:19 pm
I know it is a little more in your upper budget but you might want to look at these.
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!
Mar 1, 14 8:48 pm

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 or

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.

Mar 2, 14 10:56 am

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