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Looking for a workstation laptop under $500

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys!

 

A friend of mine asked me for help with a laptop that can run SolidWorks and Mastercam

 

It doesn't have to run it smoothly, but of course it has to be doable, so what I'm thinking is:

 

- Quad Core CPU is going to be needed probably. 2C/4T Could work fine but really, I'd have to ask someone with experience with those programs.

- Discrete GPU needed for Mastercam. A Quadro or FirePro / Radeon Pro might be out of the scope but you never know, the P400 card is $100.

- I'm wondering if it's even possible to do this under $500. I've already told him to get a desktop, but he's adamant since most of his work hours are spent outside home / office.

- Nothing over $500. This laptop is for his studies and he's running a tight budget.

 

Any information, links or suggestions are appreciated :)


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2 minutes ago, Energycore said:

 

Does it have to be a laptop? Because you can get a really good desktop PC for that budget with a few used parts.like an R5 1600 + RX 470-580 8GB


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, Streetguru said:

Does it have to be a laptop? Because you can get a really good desktop PC for that budget with a few used parts.like an R5 1600 + RX 470-580 8GB

I know, I really know!

 

But his stance is "get me a desktop ONLY if the laptop options are impossibly bad".

 

I'm thinking that mastercam does work with the Vega graphics in mobile Ryzen CPUs, so now it's all a matter of finding one


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Framepainting-inator: MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8GB Died in a horrible mining accident. Currently looking for used Vega 56s!

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Brother's Computer:

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Framepainting-inator: GTX 650 Ti

Attachcorethingy: Intel Z68 (don't know anything else, got it from ebay for like $40)

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1 minute ago, Energycore said:

 

The desktop is just going to be literally 2-3 times the performance at the same cost, can always get a laptop later assuming the engineering thing works out.

If you aren't doing super complex files or rendering though an R5 2500U might be fine, and Matebook D's are cheap on ebay now. around $400 USD, but it's still nothing compared to an 8GB RX 470-580


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4 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

The desktop is just going to be literally 2-3 times the performance at the same cost, can always get a laptop later assuming the engineering thing works out.

If you aren't doing super complex files or rendering though an R5 2500U might be fine, and Matebook D's are cheap on ebay now. around $400 USD, but it's still nothing compared to an 8GB RX 470-580

I know! My PC Gaming Masterrace soul woes at the idea as well.

 

That said he's adamant, and I know him more than most, he spends about 2-3 hours a day at home other than sleeping. I know that for him being able to work from a Starbucks is a bigger commodity than getting a smooth experience in solidworks


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Computer Specs:

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 Mathresolvermajig: Intel Xeon E3 1240 (Sandy Bridge i7 equivalent)
Framepainting-inator: MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8GB Died in a horrible mining accident. Currently looking for used Vega 56s!

Attachcorethingy: GA-H61M-S2V-B3

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1333 CAS 9

Computerarmor: CM Elite 360 (Moddded to all hell by now)

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AdditionalPylons: Corsair CX450M

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Liquidrectangles: AOC G2260VWQ6 (Freesync 75Hz), Samsung SMB2030N (1600x900 VGA)

Brother's Computer:

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Mathresolvermajig: Intel i3-2100 (carry over from my old build)
Framepainting-inator: GTX 650 Ti

Attachcorethingy: Intel Z68 (don't know anything else, got it from ebay for like $40)

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x2GB 1333MHz C9

Computerarmor: Ashamed to say

Rememberdoogle: 120GB SP550 + 500GB 2.5" from a laptop

AdditionalPylons: Antec Basiq BP350 (not as loud as @STRMfrmXMN says it is) (actually pretty loud for my standards)

Letterpad: Logitech MK120 bundle

Buttonrodent: See above

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Liquidrectangles: Samsung 1600x900 + LG 1440x900

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2 minutes ago, KarathKasun said:

This is about as good as it gets for ~$500.

 

https://www.newegg.com/p/1TS-000A-001P5

That is likely to be slower than a 1050 laptop he might be able to squeeze in for a bit more money.

 

 

21 minutes ago, Energycore said:

I know! My PC Gaming Masterrace soul woes at the idea as well.

 

That said he's adamant, and I know him more than most, he spends about 2-3 hours a day at home other than sleeping. I know that for him being able to work from a Starbucks is a bigger commodity than getting a smooth experience in solidworks

Tell him to save up for a laptop that has at least an i5 8400h or 9400h and 1050

Or just grab the R5 2500U and see if it has enough performance. The matebook D is pretty good.

This one's only $380
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Huawei-MateBook-KPL-W00-14-Display-AMD-Ryzen-5-2500U-8GB-RAM/113901452442?hash=item1a850e3c9a:g:EPcAAOSwRS9disxL

 

 


I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...
 

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what monitor resolution/refresh rate?

 

What games or other software do you need to run?

 

 

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2 minutes ago, KarathKasun said:

also old workstations are going to be less power efficient with their graphics cards and likely have pretty poor battery life if that's important


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, Streetguru said:

also old workstations are going to be less power efficient with their graphics cards and likely have pretty poor battery life if that's important

That's fair. I'll run it by him


We have a NEW and GLORIOUSER PSU Tier List Now.

 

You can check out the old one that gave joy to so many across the land here

 

Computer having a hard time powering on? Troubleshoot it with this guide. (Currently looking for suggestions to update it into the context of <current year> and make it its own thread)

Computer Specs:

Spoiler

 Mathresolvermajig: Intel Xeon E3 1240 (Sandy Bridge i7 equivalent)
Framepainting-inator: MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8GB Died in a horrible mining accident. Currently looking for used Vega 56s!

Attachcorethingy: GA-H61M-S2V-B3

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1333 CAS 9

Computerarmor: CM Elite 360 (Moddded to all hell by now)

Rememberdoogle: 120GB Trion 150 + 1TB WD RE+ + 240GB SSD Plus

AdditionalPylons: Corsair CX450M

Letterpad: Rosewill Apollo 9100 (Cherry MX Red)

Buttonrodent: EVGA Torq X3

Auralnterface: @Den-Fi が2年前にくれたヘッドフォン

Liquidrectangles: AOC G2260VWQ6 (Freesync 75Hz), Samsung SMB2030N (1600x900 VGA)

Brother's Computer:

Spoiler

Mathresolvermajig: Intel i3-2100 (carry over from my old build)
Framepainting-inator: GTX 650 Ti

Attachcorethingy: Intel Z68 (don't know anything else, got it from ebay for like $40)

Infoholdstick: Corsair 2x2GB 1333MHz C9

Computerarmor: Ashamed to say

Rememberdoogle: 120GB SP550 + 500GB 2.5" from a laptop

AdditionalPylons: Antec Basiq BP350 (not as loud as @STRMfrmXMN says it is) (actually pretty loud for my standards)

Letterpad: Logitech MK120 bundle

Buttonrodent: See above

Auralnterface: Hah! You wish

Liquidrectangles: Samsung 1600x900 + LG 1440x900

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