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laptop purchasing advice for ArcGIS

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#1 myownlittleworld


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:40 PM

I am hoping that someone who is familiar with using ArcGIS can offer recommendations for purchasing a new laptop.  I am soon to be involved in multiple GIS classes at college, and I commute 53 miles, one way, so I am wanting a portable method for assignments.  I have heard people say that, although the basic requirements for the program are not real high, there are background applications and such that make it useful to buy "up".  Of course, I would like to get the largest screen that is available (on a good system) for ease of working with the maps.


This is a link to the requirements for the system (in case someone not familiar with the system is curious) -



Any comments are greatly appreciated.


Edited for grammar

Edited by hamluis, 02 December 2014 - 07:14 AM.
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#2 Zero Flyer

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 01:58 PM

Judging by link You provide, any newer PC will do the job. SSD will be great stuff also, so if You can, buy it. You can also get some more RAM memory (8 or more gigs) and make a virtual drive where You can run "windows page file" just to spare SSD of too much work and potential defect. Thats general advice for every machine running SSD.

I would take no less then some i3 CPU and minimum 8GB of RAM, and at least 256MB SSD for system.

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 04:54 PM



I note that there is even an Android app for use on smartphones.


If i were buying the laptop, it would be a 64bit system for starters......so that you can then run 8GB of ram or more if you needed to.....but after looking at the requirements, I think 8gb will be cool.


I would want the 8gb of ram to be standard in the laptop i bought....not an upgrade.


In buying the laptop....there is no such thing as overkill really....IMO (as long as you can afford it !!)

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#4 myownlittleworld

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:14 PM

Sorry about the long delay in checking back.  (-been catching up on papers due for the end of the semester, and then away for the Thanksgiving holiday)  I appreciate the input.  I am looking at these 2 computers that are available in online deals (cyber Monday) and may pick the hp based on a computer magazine review.  My only hesitation is that I have read somewhere else that Dell quality is usually a bit better than hp.  Anyway, here they are-


HP Envy 17t laptop with Windows 7 (I want a start menu) $699.99

  • Windows 7 Professional 64
  • 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Quad Core Processor + Intel® HD Graphics 4600
  • 16GB DDR3L System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive



Dell Inspiron 17 5000 series (5748) $699.99

  •  Intel® Core™ i7-4510U (dual core)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 8GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz
  • 1TB Hard Drive (rpm?)

            --or I can get the 'same' 5748 model for the same price that comes with an i5, Windows 7 and a "free" Venue 7 (3740), android 4.4 tablet, which, since I have read that the i5 to i7 jump in a laptop without the quad core is negligible in speed increase, may be a better option for me (windows 7 and a toy). 


edited because I didn't finish the last thought.

Edited by myownlittleworld, 01 December 2014 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 06:34 PM

Something with Nvidia Quadro or Ati FirePro GPU if you wanna go as it should be.

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