Originally Posted by ApoC_101
uhhh... what? I run Inventor 2012 on a 700 dollar laptop no problem... if SW actually needs that, it's a bloated waste of space
Originally Posted by desertT1
Unless you are designing an entire car on your laptop, I don't think you need absolute top of the line stuff. As far as what to get, that's not where I can help much.
Is OpenOffice an option? That would lower the cost a decent amount.
Heh, I dare to dream big
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Aaaand we basically have to redesign it from the ground up every year hahaha
But I see your point, many affordable laptops could suffice. But at that point maybe I could spend the money on an OSX upgrade, bootcamping into Windows 7, and running with my Macbook Pro (2.4Ghz Intel Duo with Nvidia Geforce 8600 Gt) and actually be able to run Solidworks reliably?
Posts on Mac forums about incompatibility issues (Drivers and stuff) discouraged me from going that route... because I have little to no idea what I am doing
Thats what spurs my need for a supported graphics card.
Haven't heard of OpenOffice, I'll look into it.
Originally Posted by O'Lane
...So if you've got the money, I'd recommend it. Also, check with your colleges software center, often times they'll have free downloads for microsoft office and other common programs. And make sure you purchase it as a "student" as lenovo will give you some money off. I got mine with a carrying case, bluetooth mouse and cable lock for under $1,600 including taxes and shipping. Your price seems a bit high.
I forgot to add the student discount in...
The more I think about it, the more I want one. But will the investment actually last for a few years? Before hardware requirements change again?
Thanks for the replies!