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Laptop for an architecture student

Hi guys,

I know it's been quite a while since I posted here, what with college keeping me extremely busy. The time has kinda come for me to choose a laptop for myself and I wanted to know your suggestions.

I hope it's ok if I use a questionnaire template i found in another website coz that was really handy.


1) What is your budget? (INR or USD) - 45k - 50k INR

2) What size notebook would you prefer? - 15"

3) Which country will you buying this notebook? India

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? CAD work, I'll do some hobby 3d work (Blender and stuff), watching movies, browsing. Something which can run 3ds max and all comfortably would be nice

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? - college and hostel. I'll also take it to my home once in a while, so portability is a must.

7) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games? - I'd *like* to try out games like GTA 4 and nfs and all, but this isn't an absolute must.

Cool How many hours of battery life do you need? - Something like 2 hrs? Not really a problem - I can always work plugged in.

9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? - this is a tough one - I don't mind, but since it's my father who's going to do the paying, I don't know what he'll say. Let's say online.

10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc. - Windows 7. I might try out an ubuntu dual boot.

Screen Specifics

11) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? - I'm really clueless when it comes to screen resolutions. A full hd one which would be comfortable for 3d work and movies and occasional games.

Something about myself - I'm an architecture student. i joined this course because I was interested in visualisations and that kind of stuff. I said CAD work because we're having that from the second year. i'll be doing a lot of hobbyist 3d as well. PLUS this is going to be holding all my pictures and personal stuff, movies and the like - you know how college students are.

Are there any more details I should give?


The processor and the RAM are really the deciding factors.

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