I would like someone to review the following laptop. And tell me if the graphics card (AMD Radeon™ HD 7610M 1GB (3059MB Total: 1GB discrete memory + 1523MB shared memory)) will be good for running Archicad.
- need 64bit windows
- 8GB RAM better than 4 (see you have one slot free so easily fixed)
- i7 would be better than i5 esp with GS ramping up multithreaded support
- slow sata can easily be swapped for fast ssd in future when prices fall
- check video card on archicad wiki
The 5400RPM hard-drive is going to drag down the performance of the rest of the machine - it would be much better to get an SSD in it if possible, or even just upgrade the drive to a 7200RPM model. Get it with less RAM to make up the cost if you need to - that slow drive is a real killer.
also, that screen is a deal-breaker for archicad - it will be essentially un-usable without an external monitor, so if you ever intend to use ArchiCAD without one, you will need to upgrade that screen! You need at least 900 vertical pixels, although 1080p would be ideal.
Josh Osborne - Central Innovation
HP Zbook Studio G4 - Windows 10 Pro, Intel i7 7820HQ, 32Gb RAM, Quadro M1200