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tony2177

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In a bit of a dilemma. I currently own a six year old MacBook which is running great, but since returning to school, I need to (rather soon) install Siemens NX. This is a program for 3D modeling and the like. Apparently my school doesn't have Mac licensing so I can't use it.

 

As a result, I'm looking at getting a cheap, reliable laptop that will essentially run NX. That's it. I couldn't find the file size for NX, but the instructions from my school say "Download the four (4) media files to a temporary location.  WARNING:  These are all VERY large: 1.5GB - 3.5GB each." 

 

Two questions for everyone:

 

1) Would a computer like this work for running NX smoothly?

 

 

Lenovo Thinkpad X140e 20BL000BUS 11.6" AMD A4-5000 Quad Core 4GB 500GB Win7 Pro Best Student & Business Ultrabook Laptop

 

 

Screen Size 11.60 inches Processor 1.50 GHz AMD A Series RAM 4 GB Hard Drive 500 GB Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 8330 Chipset Brand AMD Wireless Type 802.11bgn Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1 Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2

 

 

Brand Name Lenovo Series X140e Item model number 20BL000BUS Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 7 Professional Item Weight 3.9 pounds Processor Brand AMD Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200.00 Optical Drive Type None Audio-out Ports (#) 1

 

 

http://www.amazon.co...21369027&sr=1-1

 

 

2) If not, do you have any suggestions as to what I should get that's under $300-400?

 

Thank you! 

 


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now having no idea on the specs of your macbook and not ever had any experience with Siemens NX, guessing it's going to be a resource hog and need the fastest cpu, lot of ram and dedicated video graphics to run great.

 

i think the very first thing i would try seeing how it's going to be a totally free option , is to download the new windows 10 trial os and install/ get it running on your mac in a virtual machine (parallels, vmfusion, bootcamp or virtualbox. can't remember if they are all free but most are.) and then download and install siemens nx to the running windows vm and test it.

 

hopefully this will work and won't be so slow to make it an unviable solution. (maybe try all to see if one works better than the other.)

 

if it doesn't work then all i can suggest is to buy the fastest laptop with the most ram you can afford, getting a windows 7 high end/ gaming i7 laptop from a couple of years ago 2nd hand will probably give you a much better experience than buying a new low end laptop today with your $400.

 

links that should help you get started with trying out my suggestion for a free solution to your problem.

virtualbox :- http://www.pcworld.c...w-on-a-mac.html

bootcamp :- http://www.macworld....on-mac-3590513/

vmfusion :- http://www.macworld....review-3495636/

parallels :- http://www.macworld....e-os-x-3491798/

 

windows 10 os :- http://windows.micro...windows/preview

 

:popcorn:


Edited by terry1966, 15 January 2015 - 08:02 PM.

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Some thoughts on your dilemma. 

Your Tutor should be able to at least point you in the right direction for hardware.   

Is the course just to give you a taste of CAD software? or is it a foundation for more advanced courses?   What version will be required?

If a previous class was taught, what kind of hardware did they use.

 

Please have a read, > http://www.eng-tips.....cfm?qid=299451   > http://www.eng-tips.....cfm?qid=317703

http://allyplm.com/k...em Requirements

 

Depending on how much of the suite is needed, consider getting your own Student copy, http://blog.industry...ows-and-mac-os/


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there's a problem with your 2nd link iammykyl   > http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=317703

 

it's linked to this topic.

 

:popcorn:

 

for the money i'd get this for $300 and just install windows 7 pro 64bit (says key is under battery,). :-  http://www.ebay.com/...0-/151554021796

 

it would suit your needs way better then the lenova linked to in your first post in my opinion. here's a review of one but with slightly different cpu and specs but same graphics :- http://www.notebookc...ok.45824.0.html

 

http://www.pcpro.co....precision-m4500


Edited by terry1966, 16 January 2015 - 01:39 AM.

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iammykyl

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Thanks terry1966, Link fixed, Just showing that the specs are quite high.


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yep thought they would be, pity that laptop i linked to has been bought too, but should give him an idea on what he's going to need for cad work.

 

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Wow, just an incredible amount of information. Thank you all so much. I'll be back in a day or two as I explore all of these options you've given me. 


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:thumbsup:  :rockon:


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