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Laptop for design use...URGENT PANIC BUY!

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September 23, 2010 8:34:59 PM

Nightmare scenario...

My HP Pavilion dv9700 has had it, the graphics card has gone and overall have not been happy with it for the 3 years I have had it, and so have been contemplating a replacement for sometime, but now it has gone, I'm in a 'panic buy situation'. I'm a student so budget does become a paramount actor when deciding but I have seen a toshiba laptop (the link I have attached below) which I'm wondering if it will meet my spec:

1) Be able to deal with AutoCAD, Sketchup, Photoshop effectively and efficiently
2) General multimedia use

The processor is one that I don't know much about, but hopefully someone will be able to offer me some sound advice...

I'm inclined to purchase a laptop from Comet because I have a relative who works there and thus staff discount applies.

Thanks in advance
September 23, 2010 10:10:16 PM

That really isn't a business laptop, the CPU (Being a triple core Phenom II) should be alright, but is clocked fairly low (at 1.6ghz). The graphics card, being great for playing HD video and such, really isn't suited to what you need. Quickly looking through Comet's selection, I can't find a laptop that has business class graphics (Nvidia's Quadro line or ATi's FireGL line). I hope this helps some.
Nvidia's Quadro:
ATi's FirePro:
September 24, 2010 1:34:23 PM

The problem with business class graphics is that they are a lot more expensive than their consumer/gaming counterparts. On your budget, I doubt you could a laptop with business graphics.

That said, consumer graphics should suit you fine, but I would recommend an Intel processor, since they tend to be faster clock for clock, which would be noticeable with your uses. I understand the budget concerns, but these laptops should be a good fit for what you are looking for, as both have powerful core processors and decent dedicated graphics. Personally, I'd be looking hard at the Samsung

15 inch Core i5

15 inch Core i7