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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Laptop help

In the market for a new laptop and am hoping for some help here. I don't need anything too fancy, but would like a 17" screen and have to be able to run solidworks. Other than cad I don't do much but use the browser to surf etc. Anyone have any recommendations? Dell has their m6600 workstations on sale for around $1100 and they're very tempting. That's about half price, but on the high end of what I want to spend.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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I like dell, having had good luck with my M4300 mobile workstation at work for the past 5 years.

I love Lenovo.

http://www.deals2buy.com/search?q=lenovo

I personally would probably go with the 15" and the dedicated video memory on the page above (the one for $899) and then get an external large format monitor.


my long standing suggestion has been to watch a site like deals2buy.com or similar for a couple of weeks to get an idea of what the current average deals are running for your favorite target/type of electronics and then pull the trigger and not look back. within a month something 67x more powerful will be for sale at 75% less than what you paid :)
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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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Funny, I am looking for something to run the same program and have about the same uses as you too. Mine got stolen back in December before I could move out of school in Flint. I will be watching this thread.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:45 PM   #4
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If you shop around on the discount sites or ebay that will buy a lot of laptop, well maybe not in a retail store. I just bought one, paid just over $300 for a factory refurbished Samsung that is pretty decent and looked brand new, probably not a graphics specific workhorse but you get the idea.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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SolidWorks runs best with the higher end graphic cards. It uses the GPU (graphic card processor) to offload much of the rendering from the CPU. So you definitely want something with a separate graphic card that has its own memory, not sharing memory or using the video chipset on the motherboard. So the Dell Precision M6600 is a good choice.

Also look at their outlet store for maybe a better deal, with full warrantee.
outlet.dell.com
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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:55 PM   #6
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SolidWorks runs best with the higher end graphic cards. It uses the GPU (graphic card processor) to offload much of the rendering from the CPU. So you definitely want something with a separate graphic card that has its own memory, not sharing memory or using the video chipset on the motherboard. So the Dell Precision M6600 is a good choice.

Also look at their outlet store for maybe a better deal, with full warrantee.
outlet.dell.com
The funny thing is the m6600 is cheaper new than the same thing in the outlet... it's basically 50% off because the m6700 has been released
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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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I would not hesitate then!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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Dude, it's like 999 at dell's website.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-m6600/pd

Edit, nm, that's for the poopy one.


Why do they only have 4gb of ram? It should have 16mb for that price!
like this
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...410&CatId=3998

This website does comparison on video cards to show how good they are relative to the others you are looking at. When I was drawerering, video card was where it was at.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.71859.0.html
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