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Mobile workstations for Solidworks 2008/9

Question asked by 1-6QWFMR on Oct 15, 2008
Latest reply on Nov 24, 2008 by Joe Dunfee
Good afternoon all.
Long time reader, first time submitter... I'll cut right to the chase.

I have came up with a few observations prior to purchasing a laptop.

1. RAM - 4GB is suitable for most needs, you can also upgrade RAM over time.

2. Processor - Dual core will run solidworks adequately (anything greater is a waste), however search for the fastest processor you can afford.

3. Video card - stay away from ATI if possible, open GL is the best bet.

4. Don't buy a mac! I think the analogy was; Why buy a petite sports car if you are looking for a vehicle to do work in.

5. Use your CAD workstation only for CAD and office programs, leave all other operations for 2nd laptop/workstation. (internet, downloads etc.)

6. Defrag once per week, clean registry often

7. Best if you can run SW w/o realtime anti-virus

I am looking for advice/opinions from anyone that has a successful setup for a dedicated CAD laptop.

Recommendations fellow SWers?
Thanks in advance,
Brad R.