Laptops with a punch ?

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PerennialII
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Hi, my old laptop is nearing its expiration date .... need a new one. There is only one criteria ... all around punch, since I do numerical mathematics (PDEs) and 3D modeling. I'm currently considering Dell Precision M60 as the best option .... am I on the right track or are there better laptops / something else I need to consider ?
 

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Dell Latitude D800 is also good..
 
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Dell Latitude D800 is also good..
Yeah, last one of latitude series I've had was C800 I think ... worked fine. I think the major difference between Latitude & Precision is in the display controller ... Precision beating Latitude in this match ... and is actually the primary reason I'm currently going for Precision if nothing else comes up.
 
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anythingh with a Pentium M dothan are good as of now.
 
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I would say that memory is very important if you do 3D modelling. I always recommend people build their computers from scratch rather than buy them from a company like Dell. You end up getting a much better (and more customized to your taste) computer for the money.

I'd say at least 1GB RAM, 2GB if you can afford it.
 
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Yeah, starting from scratch would be the better way to go in all respects. However, I'm getting a chunk of the costs from my employer which also means I don't in this case want to go the extra mile ... I'll do that from my own pc. 1 Gb in a necessity, I'm taking 2 Gbs, even though the price it adds is quite phenomenal (for example with Dell I think it adds around 2k $ to the nominal price). In my current I have 1 Gb and its not all that difficult to run the system to a stall.
 
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Why not buy the unit with minimal RAM and then add RAM from Crucial or Mushkin?
 
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Why not buy the unit with minimal RAM and then add RAM from Crucial or Mushkin?
Sounds like a plan .... since this is a "work - unit" I've typically gone with manufacturer specs to minimize blue screening etc. No real reason not to do as you suggested, however.
 
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That's what I did. I bought my Dell laptop (2+ years ago) with 128MB of RAM at a bargain price and boosted it to 1GB (at the time, a large amount) with Crucial RAM for minimal cost.
 
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I'd say at least 1GB RAM, 2GB if you can afford it.
lol, wtf?
I use 1GB and I haven't seen a difference than when I had 512, so 1GB would be the best bet.
 
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It is possible that you either had faster ram earlier, changed something else on your PC, or don't do very memory-intensive work. 1GB (1024MB to be exact) is twice as good as 512.
 
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Sirus said:
It is possible that you either had faster ram earlier, changed something else on your PC, or don't do very memory-intensive work. 1GB (1024MB to be exact) is twice as good as 512.
ROFL, I know everything about mem requirments, I run cad all the time.
I am saying, that 1024MB is the perfect amount for now.
My previous was 512MB ddr266(pc2100)2-3-6-6-i, now I use 1024MB ddr333(pc2700)2-2-6-6-16
 
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Well in my case 1 Gb would probably just do modeling wise .... working further with the models (like solving PDEs in them) is where I can get it pretty easily to reach the max and resort to using virtual.
 

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