I am a mechanical engineering student, and I need a new laptop. I am looking into lenovo because may of there models fall within my price range (< $1200). I am wondering what is recommended when getting a laptop to run solidworks.
It's been covered a lot here but in order of importance you should spend the most on the CPU, get at least 8 gig of ram. Then decide if you have the money for a SSD, I'd say it's worth it but if you don't have the money yet, it's a piece that may be upgraded later on, depending on the laptop build of course. (Ultrabooks and tablets rarely offer the possibility to change hard drive)
I have a workstation laptop for solidworks and on the side I also have a Surface Pro 3. The Surface equipped with a I5-4200u is able to run SW fairly well for small assemblies so I would use that as a baseline.
As a student I would not be too worried about the Graphic card. Of course AMD Firepro and NVidia Quadro are what's approved. But in your budget range you won't be able to get one. The Surface is able to run SW with integrated graphics so if you can get an average gaming card you will be good.
I think you would get fine performance with an Ideapad Y700, the I5-6300HQ would be enough but as I said spend you money on the I7-6700HQ you won't regret it. Min. 8 gig ram, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960m 2GB with 15,6" FHD screen. I would choose the 256 GB SSD if it fits in the budget.
If you want to get either an Ultrabook, 2 in 1 or tablet for portability it's ok but there will be a performance downgrade for the same budget.
That's my 2 cents.
Right now I am look at a Lenovo p50s with
-8 gigs of ram
-192 gb ssd
- nvidi Quattro m500m 2 gb
That should be more than capable to run large assemblies and fea, correct? Should I go with a bigger ssd?
Yeah that's a great build for your budget. I'm sure you will be happy with that. I love the fact that you are able to get a Quadro card. I had a Thinkpad in the past and the keyboard is great as the build quality also.
Unless you absolutely need Windows 7, I would go right away with Win 10.
The size of the SSD is up to you how much you need to store files. 192 GB it's a good start but you will have to use the space effectively. Fortunately storage space is easy to find either in the cloud, or with SD cards, External HDD and such.
Finally did you get the p50s?
How do you like it?
I have not been able to afford the lap top yet, but I am super excited to order it in the next few weeks.
I would also suggest to check Lenovo Yoga Pad P40 mainly because of its hardware and certified to run SOLIDWORKS. It has touch capabilities as well as Wacom pen giving a feel like drawing on paper. Other best part are 360° fold-ability enabling you to use in various mode. And finally the light weight makes it a perfect traveler companion.
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