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Looking For Laptop that can handle Engineering Apps - 750$

MURDER3R

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Hi all,
As the title says i need laptop that can run engineering apps like Autocad, etc
not necessary to be highest setting ever but at least decent settings
screen/ 15" or 17" both ok
CPU/ i7 would be nice
budget/ 750$

Thanks in advane
 

bambiboom

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MURDER3R,

The post didn't mention the whole range of the "engineering apps" uses but to have a high versatility, reliability, and performance for (at least near) the budget, my suggestion is to consider a Dell Precision M6700 with an i7-3740QM and Quadro GPU, something like:

DELL PRECISION M6700 17.3" INTEL 4 CORE i7-3740QM 2.70GHZ 16GB RAM 1TB < Sold for $760

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-PRECISION-M6700-17-3-INTEL-4-CORE-i7-3740QM-2-70GHZ-16GB-RAM-1TB-/271933620131?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f5081bfa3&nma=true&si=m66XWLw%252BoKVdUOpN%252BMNDvOFs8mA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

These have very good displays. most importantly, I think is the 17.3" size and some have Dell Ultrsharps, the i7-3740QM is 5-core @ 2.7 / 3.7Ghz and on;y 45W

http://ark.intel.com/products/70847/Intel-Core-i7-3740QM-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_70-GHz

The GPU in the completed auction is a QUADRO K3000M 4GB. The mobile K series are very good in 2D and 3D and of course can run the special workstation drivers for high anti-aliiasing and viewports.

This kind of laptop is about as versatile as a laptop for visualization, simulation, and rendering might be and of course, is setup to operate a desktop display, keyboard, mouse, run projectors at meetings, etc. I've never had a laptop, but over time have looked into the possibilities and my first choice for Autodesk, Adobe, scientific (MATLAB, NAMB), and Dessault (Solidworks, Catia) would be the current or (M6800) or penultimate series Dell Precision M.

If possible, be a bit flexible with the budget if you see one with an especially high specification GPU's as upgrading is so expensive.

Cheers,

BambiBoom

1. HP z420 (2015) > Xeon E5-1660 v2 six-core @ 3.7 / 4.0GHz > 32GB DDR3 ECC 1866 RAM > Quadro K4200 (4GB) > Intel 730 480GB (9SSDSC2BP480G4R5) > Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > 600W PSU> Logitech z2300 > Linksys AE3000 USB WiFi > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440) > Windows 7 Professional 64 >
[ Passmark Rating = 5064 > CPU= 13989 / 2D= 819 / 3D= 4596 / Mem= 2772 / Disk= 4555] [Cinebench R15 > CPU = 1014 OpenGL= 126.59 FPS] 7.8.15

2. Dell Precision T5500 (2011) > Xeon X5680 six -core @ 3.33 / 3.6GHz, 24GB DDR3 ECC 1333 > Quadro K2200 (4GB ) > Samsung 840 250GB / WD RE4 Enterprise 1TB > M-Audio 192 sound card > Linksys WMP600N PCI WiFi > 875W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64> HP 2711x (1920 X 1080)
[ Passmark system rating = 3490 / CPU = 9178 / 2D= 685 / 3D= 3566 / Mem= 1865 / Disk= 2122] [Cinebench 15 > CPU = 772 OpenGL= 99.72 FPS] 7.8.15
 
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