Hi, I'm a first year Mech. Eng. at Cal Poly Pomona. Needless to say, I need a new computer; and it would be highly beneficial if it could run Solidworks 2013 (yes I have free access to it) and up. Have done a bit of research and my current 2008 Macbook Pro definitely won't be able to keep up...
So, here is what I have found out so far.
+ Anything with an i7 2.5ghz and quad cores should be good for a few years? (id hope)
+ Definitely prefer to have a supported graphics card
... looking at the Nvidia Quadro k2000m series and up...
+ 6GB ram or more would be nice (cheaper to buy aftermarket)
+ Solid State drive would be reaaally nice (buy aftermarket? still mystified on how to transfer the OS from the stock hard drive...)
Best candidate I have found so far is a Lenovo W530 with the stats below is gonna run around $1,900
ThinkPad W530 - 1 Year Depot Warranty
Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
Display: 15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display
System graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory
Total memory: 4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM)
Camera: 720p HD Camera with Microphone
Hard drive: 128GB Solid State Drive, SATA3
System expansion slots:Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader
Battery: 9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++
Power cord: 170W Slim AC Adapter - US (2pin)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN
Microsoft productivity software preload: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 - NA English
Accessories and options:
4YR Onsite Next Business Day + Accidental Damage Protection
YES it needs to be a laptop, YES it needs MS Office, YES I know I'm asking for a lot... I'm just wondering if you guys know of any other options.
I'd like to keep it under $2,000 and obviously being a college student, getting the price even lower would be great.