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#1 blackstaroblivion

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:21 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $2000-$2500

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Autodesk drafting and Civil Design, Spreadsheet, engineering software applications.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Autocad Civil Design 2010, Hydrocad, Hydraflow, Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat Professional

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? No games

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Many applications running at once, including spyware, firewall and antivirus

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Picture files will be associated with autocad. The laptop will be a temporary storage. Most files will be backed up on the main office hard drive.

I have narrowed down the choice to two Dell systems. A Studio 17 or an Mobile Precision M6400. My boss wants to go with Dell. Both have 17" monitors the Studio 17 has a 500GB HD and the Precision has an 80GB HD.Studio Video Card: 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650. Precision Graphics:NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M, 512MB DiscreteSystem____Precision M6400.........................................Studio 17
Name ___Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9900..........Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Processor
______(6M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB).........(8M Cache, 1.73 GHz)
Status______Launched.................................................Launched
Launch Date __Q2'09.............................................Q3'09
Processor Number __T9900....................................i7-820QM
# of Cores __2......................................................4
# of Threads __2...................................................8
Processor Base Frequency __3.06 GHz ...................1.73 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency __n/a............................. .......3.066 GHz
Cache ___6 MB L2 Cache .................................8 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Bus Type ___FSB.............................................DMI
System Bus ___1066 MHz.................................2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set ___64-bit......................................64-bit
Embedded____________ No ............................... No
Supplemental SKU _____No ................................. No
Processing Die Lithography 45 nm.............................45 nm
Max TDP ___35 W.............................45 W
VID Voltage Range ___1.050V-1.2125V .................n/a
1ku Bulk Budgetary Price ____$530.00 ..................... $546.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size
(dependent on memory ____8GB ......................... 8 GB
type)
Memory Types ___ DDR3 at 1066MHz .............. DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels ___2 .................. 2
Max Memory Bandwidth ___n/a ................. 21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions ___n/a ................. 36-bit
ECC Memory Supported ___n/a ................. No
Package Specifications
TCASE 105
TJUNCTION 100°C
Package Size 35mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Processing Die Lithography 45 nm 45 nm
Processing Die Size 107 mm2 296 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors 410 million 774 million
Sockets Supported BGA479, PGA478 PGA988
Halogen Free Options Available Yes Yes
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology ___No ............... Yes
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ___No ................. Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) ___Yes ................. Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ___Yes ................ Yes

Intel® 64 ___Yes .................. Yes
Enhanced Intel® Speedstep Technology ___ Yes ............... Yes
PRICE____$2500...........................$2050


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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:51 PM

If you are limited to these two systems, I'd have to say the Dell Precision M6400, simply because of the Quadro FX 2700M.
However, a better option would be the ATI FirePro M7740 for an additional $100.

Both the ATI FirePRO and Nvidia Quadro FX series of cards are designed for such graphic intensive/engineering applications.


and the Precision has an 80GB HD

80GB is too little, suggest you pick one of the two:

160GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor [add $100]

250GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor [add $140]

Edited by ReviverSoft, 25 January 2010 - 04:04 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 10:34 PM

Thanks ReviverSoft for the info on the graphics card. I think I may be able to convince the boss to get the M7740 with the ATI FirePRO.

So the only thing that stands out between these systems is the graphics card? Are the processors similar in functionality? In my experience it seems that Autodesk software really bogs the computer down and I have thought that a crap processor (and also maxed RAM) was the issue.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 06:33 PM

to get the M7740 with the ATI FirePRO.

It's called the ATI FirePro M7740.

Are the processors similar in functionality?

Frankly, after a lot of reading up, your best would indeed, be the Core i7 processors. They are the most efficient and unite the advantages of other multi-core processors, making them a perfect choice for most requirements.

In this case, the Dell Precision M6500 (customized) is your best but it sure will require a lot of ($$$) convincing. :blink:

Keep in mind that a system like the Precision 6500 will definitely stand the test of time.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 27 January 2010 - 06:35 PM.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:04 AM

Thanks for all the replies. He has gone with the M6400 and 250gb hard drive

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:22 PM

So which video card did he go for?
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 11:54 AM

He went with the Precision 6400 with Nvidia Quadro FX and 250gb HD. Mainly because of the upgradeability in the future. Business machines are designed with that in mind. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'll be the one using it most of the time. :blink: Thanks to all who replied.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:39 PM

That should be good enough.
Enjoy using it! :blink:
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