Need guide to buy low budget laptop

mrjojo

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Hi.
I already own a fairy decent desktop. I need a laptop to do my Autocad and some 3ds max projects at campus. My budget is really tight and below $500. what laptop would you suggest that runs smoothly and would handle Autocad and 3ds max easily. Also I really care bout the build quality.
(No Dell laptops if possible).
 
Below $500 will generally get you low-end/entry level laptops, the kind you see at WalMart with Intel Pentiums, Intel Atoms, or AMD E series or A series processors. Autocad usually requires dedicated graphics and a mid to high end CPU; Intel i5 or i7 with a decent NVidia chip or high end AMD graphics, which will run closer to $1,000 and up.

I think you'll have a very difficult time finding something that works for you with a budget like that, even if you shop refurbs/used.
 

velo3100

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I would save up as 3ds max is very gpu intensive. I use it for my uni course and I have an asus n series laptop which cost £800. This is really the minimum that I would say if you want to use it without the program lagging.

But if you insist on getting a laptop for this low price, have a look at this website: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/
I really would advice you to get a 17inch laptop as this will make your life easier as a 3d modeller.
 

mrjojo

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I used to own a Dell Inspiron that ran on a Intel core 2 and it ran Autocad smoothly and I even did 3ds max stuff on it from time to time.
 

velo3100

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Wow, that laptop must have had a good gpu as 3ds max is a beast of a thing when it comes to ram and gpu.


 

mrjojo

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4gb of RAM and Intel GMA X3100 for GPU.
 

mrjojo

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4gb of RAM and Intel GMA X3100 for GPU.
 

velo3100

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The models that you have made must have been very simple as the gpu is not very strong. And it must have not had a lot of textures that were high res.


 
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