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Notebook for College

2008-06-24, 15:53 PM
I am looking for a notebook that meets all the requirements for the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Their requirements are very high and they offer only 3 computers through their computer store and they only offer one PC which is a Dell ='( I was wondering what student discounts are offered and what is the most inexpensive notebook that meets all the requirements. 
CPU:Intel or AMD 2.1ghz dual core processor
Display:15” widescreen minimum
RAM:4 GB minimum
Disk Storage:150 GB minimum
Optical Drive: DVD +/- R/RW
Video Card:256mb video adapter from the following series:
ATI Radeon x1600     NVidia GeForce 7900
ATI Radeon x1900     NVidia GeForce 8600
ATI Radeon x2600     NVidia GeForce 8800
ATI FireGL series       NVidia Quadro Series
Ethernet  : 10/100 mbps minimum
Wireless: 802.11b/g Wireless
Operating System: Windows XP Professional or MS Vista
 
 
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02-17-2008

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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-24, 17:06 PM
My girlfriend is doing an Archi/Urban Planning and Civil Engineering double degrees in the University of Melbourne, they use alot of AutoCAD 2008, Photoshop CS 3, google sketch (i think) and other design softwares. All their desktop computers are running Nvidia graphics, none of them run integrated or ATI graphics card, in addition they all run core 2 duo chip. AMD CPU in laptops are really low end (its like a cheap Korean small car), they are cheap no doubt, but their speed and everything else about them leave a lot to be desired (i personally wouldn't use them).

The maximum ram of Vista and XP OS 32 bit can support is around 3 gig, so the extra 1 gig is useless unless you run 64 bit software, which presents a major headache if you run most of the softwares you would need in Vista. Most laptop nowaday can only support 4 gig maximum of ram, unlike some desktop that can support up to 16 gig. All the desktops in the Archi department down at University of Melbourne only have 2 gig of ram, and they run pretty fast with that.

Storage wise i would go with 250 gig.

Screen wise i would go with a WSXGA+ and not the WUXGA just to save you some USD (the WSXGA + is good trade off between WXGA and WUXGA, so you are not compromising your eyesight (WUXGA) or your screen real estates (WXGA)).

The graphics card has to do with the AutoCAD HD rendering that you may do, and i would go with Nvidia as Autodesk AutoCAD has more native support for it.

All Thinkpads have Gigabit network, and i would also option for ABN wireless card that for the heck of it.

CPU wise i would go with a T8xxx or T9xxx series because they run cooler and give you longer battery life (i will go with T8100 (a 2.1 ghz core 2 duo CPU) or something it is not that expensive and not much slower than the top of the line CPU).

Battery wise i would opt for 9 cell version.

While, i hate Vista with a Vengeance, on this case i would recommend the Vista for the design work, as most of the new softwares have better support it.
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-24, 17:14 PM
Thanks, I kno that all i need is 3gigs but these are the requirements of the University so i can't really do much about that :smileyindifferent:
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-24, 17:22 PM
Might as well for Windows 7 in the future.
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-24, 17:15 PM

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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-25, 18:40 PM
What if the display size was 14"? Also, what is your price range, if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-25, 19:29 PM
Those are the requirements i can't change them :smileysad: but my price range...ummm as affordable as possible... I was looking at the Lenovo Ideapad 710 40542AU but it is a little bit out of my price range
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-25, 20:28 PM
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-26, 5:10 AM
Whats PM???
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Re: Notebook for College

2008-06-26, 6:21 AM
PM stands for "Private Message", click on the envelope at the top of the board. When you have new messages it will be yellow in colour.

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