I am working with Catia Solid modeling and graphic illustrations:
I am wanting to compare the following:
Precision Mobile Workstation M6400 Laptop: COVET Edition, Intel Core 2 Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
17 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen WUXGA RGB LED Edge 2 Edge
(1920x1200)RGB LED Edge 2 Edge Display, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz (2 DIMMs)
(2 open DIMM slots available for easy 8GB upgrade)
Dual 256GB SSD Hard Drives (512GB of Ultra FAST SAMSUNG Solid State)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1.0GB Discrete Memory
Lenovo W700 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme processor
4GB of RAM
Bluray optical drive that reads and writes BDs, DVDs, and CDs.
500 GB total hard drive capacity via dual 250 GB drives - RAID 0
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 1GB discrete graphics
SSD technology is very reliable, and is a good investment if you've the cash. Still, conventional hard disks are very good, decently fast, and quite reliable. In your case, I would be more worried about processing power than hard disks - but making those massive file loads shorter is nice.