So I have about 1000€ budget to get new computers for primarily school use. what would you spend it on? I need a laptop for sure, and a desktop would be nice. next year I'm starting an engineering course so I would like it to do cad work as well, some light gaming too. the laptop is just a general laptop for in class, I really like my parent's ThinkPad carbon X1 but it's a little underpowered so I wanted at least those specs, but with better graphics. I had a great experience with Thinkpad's in the past, so that's why I'm heavily leaning towards this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-W540-15-6-FHD-2-90GHz-CORE-i7-4600M-16GB-240GB-SSD-W8PRO-WEBCAM/372403350350?epid=206993837&hash=item56b4f82b4e:g:td0AAOSwwf1bdG~R
I'm not sure if it's a good price for a used one but for a laptop with those specs, it sounds really cheap. should be faster than the 8gig 5500U with HD 5500 graphics. esp the Quadro with it's better than normal cad performance is a selling point.
if we include shipping that leaves me with 700€ for a desktop. mind, I have a couple screen and mice and keyboards laying around so I don't need those anymore. again, I do very light gaming but I'd like mainly a workstation/web browsing machine(i'm a tab hoarder so I like having a ton of ram). to eBay, we went and I got this config:
2 of these 6 cores at 3ghz: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-X5675-3-06GHz-Six-Core-SLBYL-AT80614006696AA-Processor-w-Grease/272516757168?epid=109625040&hash=item3f7343b6b0:g:sLoAAOSwMNxXYSrv
a fitting mobo with tons of SATA ports, some PCI-E and from a reputable brand, supermicro:
32gb of ECC DDR3 ram:
an RX580(this is very subject to change, depends on where second-hand prices go after the 2080 launch):
and at last, a psu(i don't buy second hand psu's, ever):
this should be everything i need to get a working desktop, right? (I know it's missing a case) am i even looking in the right direction with older server cpu's? this looks better then any new machine i could get for the price...... should i just spend all the money on better laptop? or, just get a non-thinkpad laptop? any sugestions are appriciated!