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Question asked by Kriti Sharma in #Gadgets on Sep 3, 2018
Kriti Sharma
Kriti Sharma · Sep 3, 2018

Hey there,

I don't know whether it's a right place to ask this question or not, but if anybody can help. It would be great

My brother is doing bachelors in architecture and he needs a decent laptop for all his projects. Can anybody here suggest me which laptop is best for doing all architecture-related work?

Our budget is $1000

Thanks in advance

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Addy smith
Addy smith · Sep 3, 2018
Rank D3 - MASTER

Hi Kriti,

Don't worry its the right place for your question. 

Coming to your budget i.e. $1000, I would recommend you to take a look at the below-given laptops:

1. Dell i7559-763BLK

  • Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
  • 8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.
  • Windows 10 Home

2. Acer Aspire E15

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display
  • 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
  • Up to 15-hours of battery life.Adapter: 65 W
  • Windows 10 Home

Both the laptops mentioned above have a decent configuration to run software like AutoCAD etc.

Also, you can check the Autodesk's official website about the system requirement: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2018.html

Few Other Resources:

(a) https://theconsumerbasket.com/best-laptop-for-architecture/


(c) https://www.reddit.com/r/architecture/comments/7q2q76/what_is_a_good_laptop_for_an_architecture_student/

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Sep 3, 2018
Rank A1 - PRO

He'll mostly run AutoCad and other design software - which means what 8GB memory is the minimum you should go for. @Addy 's suggestions are on spot. 

Among the two, I believe the one with NVIDIA GPU is a better choice. It will make AutoCAD run smoother and rendering of designs will be noticeably faster. Do let us know the choice that you make. 

Anton Giuroiu
Anton Giuroiu · May 16, 2019

I would strongly recommend you to opt for a really powerful CPU as RAM you can upgrade later on to make sure your workstation is up to speed. This is what I`ve done, throughout the school [6 years] I used two laptops only, that I upgraded as much as possible to keep them up to speed.

Brand wise, I strongly recommend Dell, owned Asus and Dell and the latter simply wins on build quality and utterly demolishes everything on the market when it comes to support and hardware-software optimization. 

From my experience with 1000 usd, I would go with Dell G5587-7866BLK-PUS G5 but here is an extraordinarily well curated list of best laptops for architects, in here you will find option for every budget, I do not agree with all their choices but 90% are spot on:


Happy architecturing bro!

Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh · May 17, 2019

Dear Kirti Sharma

For all architectural field, interior designing, external designing etc. use

Asus Predator 21x

8th Gen Intel Core i5 having 8GB RAM With 1 TB Harddisk with GTX 1050 4GB Graphics Card.

prakash kumar
prakash kumar · Jan 29, 2020

I would recommend you for architecture field,interior, exterior design to run more smoothly software like Autocad, 3D max,Blender,Maya,Zbrush and many designing software, its  HP Elitebook 1030 I7.

I have recommended this laptop because my elder brother who is 3D character designer work in maya,max it's run very perfect without any lack.


Intel Core i7 Processor

7th Generation

8GB DDr3L Ram

320GB HDD Hard Drive

13.3" Screen Size

Windows 10 

but its bit costlier than your budget but it's perfect laptop for 3D software.

Muhmmad Usman
Muhmmad Usman · Jul 16, 2020

Hey Kriti.

I would unequivocally prescribe you to settle on an extremely incredible CPU as RAM you can update later on to ensure your workstation is up to speed. This is the thing that I've done, all through the school [6 years] I utilized two PCs just, that I overhauled however much as could reasonably be expected to keep them up to speed. 

Brand astute, I unequivocally suggest Dell, possessed Asus and Dell and the last basically wins on fabricate quality and completely wrecks everything available with regards to help and equipment programming enhancement.

Must Read: 14 Best Laptops For Architecture Students [Updated July 2020]



amanda trincher
amanda trincher · Jul 24, 2020

In fact, this is not a very large budget for a laptop that is suitable for such projects. I think it is suitable for very small projects and training, but you will not be able to comfortably render many projects and architecture layouts

You need something like an apple macbook pro for this kind of work

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