Originally Posted by repinS
Yeah, AutoCAD 2006 is beans for my IBM Thinkpad R51:
768MB RAM (originally had 512, either way no sweat)
ATI RADEON Mobility 9000
The downside is the fact that it'* a 15" model, but that also brings some light weight and compactedness...
While you think your laptop runs AutoCAD just fine, which I'm sure it probably does, you would probably be amazed at how much quicker it could be run. My dad manages the CAD department where he works and he gets a new computer every year or so. (since hes also in charge of the computers) He just got rid of his old computer with dual P4 Zeons, 1.5gb ram, 256mb video card, 80gb 7200rpm hd (not that it matters since everything is stored on the server anyways), and some other stuff, basically something you would think would be plenty fast enough. Now he has one with dual 3.2 Zeons, 2gb ram, a better 256mb graphics car, 160gb scsi hd, etc.... And while his old computer obviously ran it with no problem, his new one is noticably faster. But he also works with some very large drawings so load times are pretty long, and I'm also not sure of which Cad program he uses mainly, I know its AutoCAD but not sure which version.
But yes, a laptop of that speed should have no problem running AutoCAD for most things you would use it for. I just think if I were going to use it for buisness purposes a desktop seems to be a much better choice because you can get one that is significantly quicker and based more for doing that type of work specifically.
Anyways, the laptop you chose looks like a nice choice. Sony'* are typically overpriced compared to other brands of the same speed, although they are nice laptops. I think you'll like the Gateway and you'll probably be happy with the choice you made.