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    What are the cheapest computers with the fastest available processors?

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    1) $1500

    2) c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) USA

    4) any brand

    5) Cad

    6) Need it to be portable

    7) Don't care for games that much

    8) 3-4 hours of battery

    9) Online or onsite is fine

    10)XP or Vista

    11) widescreen

    12) 1440x900;1680x1050;1920x1200;

    13) glossy/reflective screen

    14) Style is important to me

    15) Summer of 08

    16) >160GB?

    17) DVD

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    Default Re: Fast Cad Computer

    I'm not sure why you need the fastest processor... but the fastest is generally Core 2 Duo > Amd Turion X2. Of course relative speeds matter (2.2 ghz amd > 1.6 core 2 duo). I think the fastest Core 2 duo runs at about 2.6ghz, but honestly, unless you are coding or decoding, you don't really need the fastest processor. If your looking for overall performance ram, hdd, and a basic graphics card will help in performance before you see a difference in processors. The fastest processors are just not worth the extra money in my opinion, especially if you can spend that extra money on other things for the computer. To answer your question about what laptop, everyone seems like like the Dell Xps M1530 http://www.notebookreview.com/price/...ay=priceDetail

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    I would recommend the T61p Although the 570m is based on the 8600GT GDDR3 but is the workstation version, with its GPU and drivers geared towards 3D graphics work. It will provide much better performance in 3D apps.

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    Yep, Thinkpad T61p is your best bet for the price and quality.
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    Johnny and Han have the right idea. If you're looking for 3D app work and CAD, definitely go for the 570M of the ThinkPad T61p.

    Here's info on the 570M: http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_go.html

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    Yep I also recommend the Lenovo T61p. The Nvidia Quadro FX570M is a great workstation processor like Johnny T said. If you get the 9 cell battery you will get 3.5-4 hours of battery life.
    Tim

 

 

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