I am a first time user on this forum. I have recently enrolled for ACT for Rivet 2013. The question is I want to upgrade my Acer Aspire Laptop bought in 2010. Its an Intel R Core IM i3 processor 330M (2.13Ghz, 1066 Mhz FSB), ATI Mobility Radeon IM HD 5470 Up to 2234MB Hyper Memory TM, 15.6" HD LED LCD, 4GB Memory, 320GB HDD, 6-cell Li-ion Battery.
My current requirement is full use of Architecture Rivet 2013 and Latest Autocad and the above configuration of my laptop just wont suffice. I had purchased this lappy for more than $800 and at this point of time I cant simply afford to buy a new lappy. So is there a possibilty to upgrade this lappy that can come as close as possible to the desired performance of rivet and autocad? At the time of upgrade I have to consider heating and battery life issues.
Laptops are typically very difficult to upgrade. It's the price you pay for portability. By the time you get somebody to crack the case, buy the parts, and swap them out you are almost looking at a brand new (and more recent) computer.
And I think that should be "Revit", not "Rivet". Arch instructors get very finicky over proper spelling so it's a good habit to get into now.
---------------------------------- If you are going to fly by the seat of your pants, expect friction burns. Adopt. Adapt. Overcome. Or be overcome.
What you MIGHT be able to do is upgrade your ram to 8 gig, and swap out the HD for a 128 gig SSD. BUT! you won't be able to run or do much else than Revit, with that size SSD.
To be honest, dgorsman has it pretty much right. You need to get another laptop. And IMNSHO - one with a 17" screen MINIMUM!!! if you want to run Revit in anything other than review a drawing mode. There just is not enough screen realestate to see the command structure of Revit & the drawing area at the same time without either 2 monitors (preferably 24") or the biggest singly you can find. I know there are high res 15" out there, but you still can't see the fines stuff that well.