I Have purchased the following config. mainly to run design software (Autocad, Revit, Photoshop,..) at varsity.
Any views if it will perform well?
Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor 2.00GHz
Integrated Ethernet LAN and 802.11n WLAN
Integrated bluetooth 3.0, memory card reader and webcam,
Nvidia GeForce GT 540M 2GB
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
From my years working in a GIS shop, graphics card capability, frontside bus speed, and hard drive read/write speeds are what really make a difference; then comes RAM and its latency and CPU -- yeah, you should have asked -- cores do not matter as much as the combo of MHz and cache in a CPU. A real workstation running multiple grahics-hungry programs at once on a network will be best served by dual-processor mobo and high RPM hdd(s) and probably more than one high-end GPU with 8 or more GBs of RAM. In toto, it depends . . .