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Hello I'm currently a design student and I need a laptop to run solidworks. I have found this set up on the dell website, will this work? I unfortunately only have a limited amount of money. Any opinions are greatly appreciated




Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)

Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition

15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display

3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM

120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/ Roxio Creator

256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600M GT

Dell Exclusive MediaDirect™ Instant Play Software Application

Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card

No Webcam Option

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Yeah, you'll be fine with that machine - that should comfortably handle any assemblies you'd do as a student.


The only suggestion I might make would be to consider upgrading to a 7200rpm hard drive if its an option for that machine. If you're really tight on budget you'd probably see better performance with only 2 gigs of ram and the faster hard drive.

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Sorry to dig up this old topic.

My spec list in order of importance:

- good tech support (http://www.laptopmag.com/mobile-life/tech-...009.aspx?page=1)

- 15” antiglare screen with decent resolution

- Intel Core i7

- min 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM

- Windows 7 64-bit

- reasonable price

- good graphics card


A ThinkPad T510 with 3 years of carry-in warranty could have most of the above but would cost £1440.62 and has Intel HD Graphics. Any better alternatives?


If tech support was my only spec I would go for a MacBook Pro;

Only after 6 times / 2 months of unsuccessfully trying to repair my current ThinkPad’s screen, Lenovo sent me a replacement machine.

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