Help with a CAD Laptop

Ok so I have to buy a laptop for this guy at work. The only thing that will be put on this laptop will be SolidWorks 09 and maybe Microsoft office. And I have to have this computer delivered by no later than the 25 of November. Money is of no object (although I don't like to just throw money away on stuff were not going to use) but we need something that looks good. We want to make a good impression on our customers when we take this laptop to show them a SolidWorks presentation. Right now im looking at the Dell Precision M6400. http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/workstation-precision-m6400-cov?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

Are there any good laptops that I should look at specifically?
Performance is a big issue but I don't know when im spending too much for more performance than I need.
Any suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance! :)
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  1. That Dell Precision looks like an excellent choice, and get it with as much RAM and as fast of a processor as fits within the budget.

    Of course, keep in mind that although it would be great at solidworks, and would have plenty of power, it would have a rather miserable battery life. As long as that is not an issue, I would say you are definitely on the right track.
  2. No battery is no issue. Which of these builds is better? There both the same model. Just the more expensive one has got some frills.
    4,586

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Business Downgrade, XP Pro SP3 Installed, English edit
    LCD 17" UltraSharp™ Wide Screen WUXGA (1920x1200) RGB LED LCD Display edit
    WARRANTY & SERVICE 3 Year ProSupport for End Users and 3 Year NBD On-site Service edit
    VIDEO CARD NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M, 1.0GB Discrete edit
    MEMORY 4.0GB, DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS edit
    RAID CONFIGURATION All Hard Drives, Non-RAID, 1 or 2 drive total configuration edit
    HARD DRIVE 160GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load w/Roxio and Cyberlink PowerDVD™ edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 9 Cell Battery edit
    EXTENDED BATTERY SERVICE 2 Years Extended Battery Service for Years 2 and 3 of System Life edit
    WIRELESS CARD Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card edit
    INTERNAL KEYBOARD Internal English Backlit Keyboard edit
    FINGERPRINT READER OPTION No Fingerprint Reader edit
    WEBCAM / MICROPHONE Integrated 2.0 MP webcam with dual digital array microphone edit
    SYSTEM DOCUMENTATION Resource DVD - Contains Diagnostics and Drivers edit
    MODEM No Modem

    or this.
    4,905

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo X9100 (3.06GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Business Downgrade, XP Pro SP3 Installed, English edit
    LCD 17" UltraSharp™ WideScreen WUXGA RGB LED Edge2Edge Covet Display edit
    WARRANTY & SERVICE 3 Year ProSupport for End Users and 3 Year NBD On-site Service edit
    VIDEO CARD NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M, 1.0GB Discrete edit
    MEMORY 4.0GB, DDR3-1066 SDRAM, 4 DIMMS edit
    RAID CONFIGURATION All Hard Drives, Non-RAID, 1 or 2 drive total configuration edit
    HARD DRIVE 160GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load w/Roxio and Cyberlink PowerDVD™ edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 9 Cell Battery edit
    EXTENDED BATTERY SERVICE 2 Years Extended Battery Service for Years 2 and 3 of System Life edit
    WIRELESS CARD Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card edit
    BLUETOOTH WIRELESS Dell Wireless® 370 Bluetooth Module edit
    INTERNAL KEYBOARD Internal English Backlit Keyboard edit
    FINGERPRINT READER OPTION No Fingerprint Reader edit
    WEBCAM / MICROPHONE Integrated 2.0 MP webcam with dual digital array microphone edit
    SYSTEM DOCUMENTATION Resource DVD - Contains Diagnostics and Drivers edit
    MODEM No Modem

    they both have the same or vary similar screens. This one I think: 17" UltraSharp™ Wide Screen WUXGA (1920x1200) RGB LED LCD Display

    sorry about the mess I just copy and pasted :)

    (I duno if this is true or not) I thought I had heard that SolidWorks was not written for multi-core processors. So wouldnt that mean its better to get a fast dual core instead of a medium speed quad core?
  3. hhhmmm this is cheaper. Wonder if it would do the job? would it do it well?

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo X9100 (3.06GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Business Bonus-Windows XP Professional downgrade edit
    LCD 15.4" UltraSharp™ Widescreen WUXGA RGB-LED (1920x1200) Display edit
    WARRANTY & SERVICE 3 Year ProSupport for End Users and 3 Year NBD On-site Service edit
    VIDEO CARD NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700M, 512MB edit
    MEMORY 4.0GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS edit
    HARD DRIVE 160GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 8X DVD with Cyberlink Power DVD™ edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 6 Cell Battery edit
    WIRELESS CARD Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card edit
    INTERNAL KEYBOARD Internal English Keyboard edit
    FINGERPRINT READER OPTION No Fingerprint Reader edit
    WEBCAM / MICROPHONE No webcam with microphone
    $3,121
    this is a dell workstation m4400 precision.
  4. The cheaper one would do the job, though not as well. The one I would go for is the quad core one, as it would probably have the best all around performance, but any of them would work just fine.
  5. Well, you know. . . I think a T500 or W500 would have done the job for a little less cash. . . No Quad Core, but I've never found SolidWorks to be much of the multi-core prowess.
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