My occupation relies on online jobs (including PTC), and hence I require a mobile computer at all times. I had been living on a borrowed notebook (Lenovo Z570) and it is to be returned by the 15th of August 2012. My current budget is not more than 200 USD. Hence, although I may be able to afford a notebook priced up to 500 USD (i.e. by borrowing from friends), I do not wish to go for a high end noteboook immediately because I plan to go for a robust gaming powerhouse (the all-in-one desktop series and the like) next year the likely configuration being:
a) Full HD Resolution and Screen more than 23"
b) Powerful Discrete GPU which enables extreme gaming and video editing, 3D modelling, etc
c) 1 TB or more storage for my HD Movies and Games
d) HDMI input facilities and/or internal HD Tv Card
I know that the above configuration is not possible on a budget notebook, since I would only have about 900 USD for it. However, this is my long-term goal.
For now, I only have 200 USD to spare or up to 500 USD if I decide to live with a notebook alone and forget the above mentioned "Ultimate Option". My immediate requirements are:
a) Run AutoCAD 2009
b) Run GIMP 2.8 and CoolEdit 2.0
c) Watch HD Movies, mostly tutorials or documentaries
d) Internet on the move including emailing, file transfers, etc
e) Under 200 USD
a) HD Editing, 3D, GIMP and CAD
b) Modest Gaming (Skyrim, Just Cause 2, GTA IV, etc)
c) Modest Resolution (1366 × 766 is okay)
d) At least 15.6" Screen and numeric keypad
e) Under 500 USD
Could someone help me decide, with model suggestions as well. Please note that if I choose the "Compromised Option", I will not be able to go for the "Ultimate Option" even later.