Hi, I'm a student of Solidworks 2017. I'm currently looking at an MSI GF62 7RE 2025 Gaming Laptop at $1049.99; this is slightly over my budget. Can anybody recommend SW laptops under $1000? Thanks.
might look at some alienware laptops, they are expensive, but you can usually find a really good one on Ebay for a $1000
I don't know that you'll find a good one for that cheap.
It's hard enough finding a good workstation grade laptop for under $2000.
You could try Dell Outlet. For instance: Dell Official Outlet Refurbished Laptops, Desktops, Servers & Monitors
By the way, I guess you also need a backpack for your laptop
Swiss+Gear is my favorite brand and it cost about $99 from BestBuy (fit a laptop up to 17")
I don't think you can find a decent laptop from Dell outlet under $1000
as eBay is a place to find
I saw a Dell precision M6400 in eBay as the one I have for $200
I agree that more horsepower is better. But, the OP asked for a laptop under $1000 and that's what I posted. And, It really depends on what you need to do with SW. If you aren't doing very complicated parts and assemblies, a minimal graphics card that meets the SW hardware requirements, a reasonable amount of RAM and an SSD are all I think you'd really need. That's what I believe I linked to.
Sorry I didn't check out the link you posted
Wow... I can't believe you can't find a precision laptop under $1,000 as the last time I surfed the outlet and the low end costs around $1500
Anyway, the ones on the link you posted should be decent for students and hopefully, they are still available !!!
If you plan to get good performance from SolidWorks, don't get a gaming laptop.
Any gaming graphics cards will not work "as well" with Solidworks - just the architecture of the graphics cards.
If you are not concerned with Speed or high quality graphics output on you screen with Solidworks and want to do gaming then you should be OK - but you may see strange quirks appear with a gaming card.
If you want to focus on SolidWorks and not gaming - get a system with a Solidworks approved Graphics card or ask advice on the forum again when you can specify the laptop details and the graphics details.
Rick McDonald wrote: If you plan to get good performance from SolidWorks, don't get a gaming laptop.
Rick McDonald wrote:
Good advice as it seems there are quite a few threads where people have made that mistake and then wonder why things aren't like they should be..........
i would have made the same mistake, i bought an alienware laptop with all the "solidworks" hardware. I literally just took a list to a retailer and told him this is what i need.
Hello Christopher,.. the bottom line usually is "if" the "OpenGL" graphics card will run SolidWorks well, or not?... and the answer is usually, yes.. (with some limitations because GTX cards and their drivers are NOT supported).. the other is running "Real Graphics".. (nice for shinny, reflections and ambient occlusions) and that can be made to work by changing/hacking your Registry...
But if I were you, I'd first do some research and find someone who is using that 1050 card (2 or 4 gig) with SolidWorks and ask if all is well or not?... If you know someone and you can load it.. and test.. do that as well!
btw, personally, I'd get at least a SSD for the primary drive, preferably a 256gig..
This version has a 128gig SSD.. but looks like it's the same as the one you posted?
For Solidworks, you will need 8GB of DDR4 RAM, dedicated graphics card with 4GB VRAM, Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD and FHD/4K display for smooth running of the software. Some of the laptops having the above specs and costs around $1000 are Predator Helios 300, MSI GV62 and GF63, Dell G7 15 and more.
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