Computer Dummy- What do I get to run CAD type program?

Sabine_2

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1. What is your budget? Less than $800

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15.6"

3. What screen resolution do you want?1080


6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? No

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) I want to run Chief Architect 3d design software https://www.chiefarchitect.com/architects-builders-remodelers/

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 1TB

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. I was considering https://www.costco.com/.product.100337893.html


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Don't really care... nothing fancy

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. I don't care as long as it is realiable

13. What country do you live in? USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I am not a computer aficionado... I just need something that will be run my design program. Thank you so much!!!



I hope this can help people find their ideal notebook.

Additionally... you should also consider what support options are available in your area. If say you buy something abroad, will you be able to have it fixed near where you live? Does the warranty apply? How quickly do local accredited technicians fix laptops?
 

jaguarskx

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jaguarskx

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It is more powerful than the Lenovo. The quad core i7-6700HQ is better than the i5-6300HQ since it has something called Hyper Threading (HT) which can improve processing performance if the software is designed to take advantage of it. The GTX 960m is more powerful than the GTX 950m so if you need to rotate a 3D model in the CAD program you are using, the results should be smoother.

I have a the same laptop but with the i5-6300HQ. I primarily use it to play games, and some video encoding from time to time. It should also have better battery life compared to the Lenovo if that is important. Based on "average" daily usage the Dell should last about 7 hours compared about 4 hours of the Lenovo based on reviews. However, using CAD programs is not considered "average" usage so battery life will be less when you are "CAD'ing".
 
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