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Looking for a New Laptop

My sis needs a new laptop.

 

She is practicing architecture and would be using:

Autocad 2D

Sketchup

and some Inscape.

 

She currently has a dell g3.

 

She is looking for a lighthish laptop this time around.

 

So what kind of specs should i go for? Anyone has any idea on this?

 

The budget is around 1000 USD

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M1 MacBook Air? The m1 works fine with all of that software unless you’re wanting solidworks or other things that don’t have a MacOS version. 

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On 5/21/2022 at 10:06 PM, Imbadatnames said:

M1 MacBook Air? The m1 works fine with all of that software unless you’re wanting solidworks or other things that don’t have a MacOS version. 

macbook is going to be expensive as the base model wont be cutting it. the config i am looking at with 16gb ram and 512gb storage gonna cost around 1400 usd

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A thought: AutoCAD for MacOS is a vastly different experience than AutoCAD for Windows. It still works well (actually more responsive in my experience) but your sis needs to be on board for a major UI and shortcut change. 

 

FWIW, most of the Autodesk library isn't available for windows, so a mac could be limiting if she wants to move further into the CAD space. 

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14 minutes ago, Lord Mirdalan said:

A thought: AutoCAD for MacOS is a vastly different experience than AutoCAD for Windows. It still works well (actually more responsive in my experience) but your sis needs to be on board for a major UI and shortcut change. 

 

FWIW, most of the Autodesk library isn't available for windows, so a mac could be limiting if she wants to move further into the CAD space. 

She would be doing 2d plot designs on the AutoCad and 3d models on Sketchup. I am a little doubtful on how much would a good gpu affect her work. Going for a higher model gpu would end up increasing the weight and the price. If something like Intel Xe graphics can do the work alongside an i5 12th gen P processor (dont remember the exact number) then I found a HP Pavilion that costs around 900 usd which almost fits the description

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On 5/22/2022 at 11:07 PM, gokufanboy2245 said:

She would be doing 2d plot designs on the AutoCad and 3d models on Sketchup. I am a little doubtful on how much would a good gpu affect her work. Going for a higher model gpu would end up increasing the weight and the price. If something like Intel Xe graphics can do the work alongside an i5 12th gen P processor (dont remember the exact number) then I found a HP Pavilion that costs around 900 usd which almost fits the description

Not a hardware difference - the UI layout of AutoCAD for Mac is  different (though recent updates have brought the two much closer together). 

Screwdriver specs: Long, pointy. Turns things. Some kind of metal.

 

Main rig: 

i9-7900x | Asus X299-Prime | 4x8GB G-Skill TridentZ @3300MHz | Samsung 970 Evo 500GB | Intel 5400S 1TB | Corsair HX1200

 

unRAID server:

Xeon  E5-1630v4 |  Asus X99-E WS | 4x8GB G-Skill DDR4 @2400MHz | Samsung 960 EVO 250GB cache drive | 12TB spinning rust | Corsair RM750X

 

FreeNAS server:

AMD something-or-other | Asus prebuilt sadness | 8GB DDR3-1600 | 9TB magnetic storage | Potential fire threat

 

HTPC:

i7-4790 | GTX1650 | Dell Sadness | 12GB DDR3-1600 | Samsung 860 250GB | 1TB magnetic storage | James Loudspeaker SPL3 x2 | Corsair SF450

 

 

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