From what I've read, that is a Notebook, not a Laptop. I wouldn't recommend using a Notebook for CAD or 3D work. You could probably run Max and Autocad on that machine, but I can't say how well they will run, and rendering could be a problem. Go back and read through the previous posts in this thread to get an idea of the type of specs you need. I think you're going to have to bump up your budget into the $1,200 range in order to get something reasonably useful.