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    I just bought an HP Envy with very nice specs and it is running 2013 autocad and inventor very well. I don't work with large files so I don't know about performance on big files. it was $1250, so above your budget but you could lower some of the options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkent View Post
    I just bought an HP Envy with very nice specs and it is running 2013 autocad and inventor very well. I don't work with large files so I don't know about performance on big files. it was $1250, so above your budget but you could lower some of the options.
    I am working on an HP as I write this, had another one before this.
    In my company we have had less than stellar luck with HP longevity.
    My latest laptop acquisition was a DELL XPS15 Z, which is pretty nice.
    HP just released their new IVY BRIDGE lineup, and they do look interesting.
    Volume and repetition do not validate opinions forged in the absence of thought.

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    Just keep in mind on the task that you are trying to accomplish.

    Heres a list of common tasks and the requirements
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    4. 3D design - You need a good GPU that can handle the 3d manipulation and rendering
    5. Simple 2D sketches - A good amount of RAM and CPU power is all that is needed
    6. If your needs require more then one option of 1-6, then buy accordingly

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD Mather View Post
    I would not consider a laptop with less than 17 inch screen for CAD work.
    You can get a 17" with 8Gig RAM for around $800 that will be fine for AutoCAD.
    I Agree, the Best bang for your buck is 8 GB of RAM, though i find 16 over kill. and the 24 gbs i have at my job is surprisingly good enough....

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