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Recommended Laptop?

Postby John J. Desmond » Mon, Jan 23 2012, 9:43PM

Can anyone tell me where I can find the recommended laptop to run eCabinets? It seems that on Dell or Hp websites they have everything but what is recommended. Any ideas?

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Josh Rayburn » Mon, Jan 23 2012, 10:47PM

John,
Here's the link. I have integrated graphics because I couldn't afford a better model with a discreet graphics card. I say get the best CPU processor you can afford. 3d graphics are working fine with my low end laptop but for general CPU processing - well, I've had my laptop for five days and wish I would have had more money to spend on it. Man is it ssloooowwwww.....

http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/ecabinet ... system.htm

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby John J. Desmond » Mon, Jan 23 2012, 11:23PM

Thanks Josh. I know what to get. The problem I am having is finding the laptop workstation that eCabinets suggests. It seems you can't purchase what they recommend anywhere. Maybe it needs to be custom built. Thanks for the input though.

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Kerry Fullington » Tue, Jan 24 2012, 7:30AM

John,

I think the computer specs on the eCabinets site are a bit outdated. Some things I think you will want are. (these are just my opinions based on personal experience. I am not a computer guru)

Windows 7 64 bit. (eCabinets is a 32 bit application but I think benefits from 64 bit being able to address more RAM)

Fast processor speed. (most chips will be dual or quad core, eCabinets does not use these directly but once again benefits as one core can be dedicated to ecabs while another is running other apps)

Plenty of RAM. I would say 6 gig minimum. eCabinets won't address that much but there will be plenty to go around for the operating system and other apps running at the same time.

A dedicated graphics card with its own memory is essential. Do some research and get a card designed for CAD applications not gaming. Don't skimp here.

Get the fastest hard drive you can find.

eCabinets can be a very frustrating software to use and an underpowered computer compounds this.

Be sure to get the workstation class of computer. It won't have all the junk that is on a consumer product eating up your resources.

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Kerry Fullington » Tue, Jan 24 2012, 7:43AM

Josh,

I would guess that your speed problems are because your graphics card is having to share memory with all the other applications and eating up all your RAM causing the need to write page files. The bad thing about laptops is you can't upgrade the graphics card so you have to get the best in the beginning.

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Josh Rayburn » Tue, Jan 24 2012, 7:47AM

Just saw your other post Kerry....that makes sense to me now. I have two days left to exchange it for another one but still no more money to do it with! :cry:
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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Rick Palechuk » Tue, Jan 24 2012, 8:52AM

They can be had right from HP, or one of there resellers. We purchased ares from a reseller here in Canada, and we are very happy with them. http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm ... html?dnr=1

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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby John J. Desmond » Wed, Jan 25 2012, 10:06PM

Thanks guys. I will continue my search. I hope to get something soon. I will get my computer friend to help me find what I need.
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Re: Recommended Laptop?

Postby Dean Fehribach » Mon, Feb 06 2012, 11:04AM

You may have to shop the Small and Medium Business stores on Dell's and HP's sites. You won't generally find workstation-class laptops or desktops in the home and home office stores.

HP Elitebook Workstation Site

Dell Precision Mobile Workstation Site
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