I need a new, faster laptop for Windows 7

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by clanofwolves, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. clanofwolves

    clanofwolves Newbie

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    I am an Architect and I need to have a laptop with Autocad 2006i on it at all times. My current laptop is an older Sony Vaio VGN-FZ240E which only has 4G of RAM and although I have upgraded it with a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD this past February. The laptop has had everything done to it that I have knowledge of to increase the speed. It slows to a stop so many times and the Resource Monitor shows the memory spiking continuously. I am wanting a new laptop that I can run 7 on and simply put my SSD drive right in it day one and not worry about having the "horsepower" to run CAD and a browser at the same time without it bogging down.

    Any recommendations??
     
  2. clanofwolves

    clanofwolves Newbie

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    Sorry for my initial ignorance, see below for me actually trying to be useful in my inquiry:

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? Not important if I get the best fit.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator. US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? N/A
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Either

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? CAD (older 2006i version on Windows 7)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Mostly stationary

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games? No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? Not very important as I have it stationary at an outlet most of the time.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? I don't need to see it.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. My CAD requires it to run (designed for XP) on Windows 7

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.) I'm older, but I see OK, as good as I have now is fine.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.) Matte if possible

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? No

    15) When are you buying this laptop? Now

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last? Long as possible/usable

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive? I'd like to put my SSD in it.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner? No
     
  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Anything newer than Skylake, won't have Windows 7 driver support. I'm not familiar with CAD, so how good of a GPU do you need?
     
  4. senso

    senso Notebook Evangelist

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    Autocad 2006 should be 2d only, so even an iGPU will have no problems with it.
     
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    win32asmguy Moderator Moderator

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    I would suggest this Dell Latitude E5580 as it supports Windows 7 and has a quad core processor. It also has a 1366x768 display option which is going to be the closest to the current 1280x800 you have right now. You can use your Samsung SSD from the Sony in this model as well (only buy the 4-cell battery as the larger 6-cell takes up the space for 2.5 inch drives).

    This model also supports the latest version of Windows 10, so I would suggest to also start thinking about migrating to newer versions of your software that will support it. You get a 3 year warranty with these models so it doesn't have to be immediate, but eventually you will need to do this.
     
  6. clanofwolves

    clanofwolves Newbie

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    My Vaio has a Centrino Duo, and it works fine, so that isn't the issue, it's RAM I think.
     
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