my 50 cents
Originally Posted by shoman24v
Not totally true. If you are doing 2D graphics having a 3D card will not help out. AutoCad is very CPU intensive. I run Arch Desktop 2006 on my iXPS with no problems.
If you plan on doing rendering/3D work, get something with a good GFX card like the M70 listed above.
Ok dude, here the hint :
For a sub 2000$
laptop, buy the HP NC8230
You'll have an ATI X600
dedicated graph card (enought for autocad, 3dmax and almost all your graphics needs), about 512 MO (recommand you to get another 512 ram) and a great pentium M processor, for extra time between school/home and work.
The others reasons
to get this laptop and NO OTHER
are these :1 - WSXGA resolution
: 1600 x 1050. It's must have when you do graph jobs. More informations = more productivity. IF it's too small
for ya, you can also choose a NC8230 with the original 1280 x 800 res in the HP Shop, which will decrease the price tag.2 - Construction quality and weight
. The NC 8230 series are the ideal compromise you can make. 15.4 screen, strong build case (better than any Asus/Fujitsu/Tosh notebook) and a below 6 lbs, which is incredible for a widescreen laptop. YOu'll also get a pointstick and a touchpad device
. I think this deal is absolutly impossible to beat.
Extra bucks ?
Also, there is a similar model, if you're in a over 2000$
price tag. This model will come with ATI FireGL
graph card. THis card will help you in open GL base programs and improve your graph performance. It's a great feature if you can afford it, otherwise, this is pure luxure! THe model is called HP NW8240
. About 2400$ I think.
My recommandation would be to buy this 8230 and add 512 MO of ram
(or more) and change the Hard Drive for a 7220 rpm
Hitachi 72k60 (approx. 200$). YOu could use the left one to make a portable 2.5 inch HD, juts need to buy a case (about 25$, tigerdirect or other web mechants).
I AM NOT AFFILIATED with HP or any other web store. This was my fifty cent only!! I hope this help. LEt me know what you've bought.