My IT guy is suggesting this as a suitable laptop for running Inventor - any opinions?:
Processor is on the slow side. Go for the fastest processor you can get, even if it's fewer cores; Inventor mostly uses just one (rendering and drawing view generation will use additional, if available).
Thanks for teh comments - our IT guy is looking for an alternative now (with faster processor). It seems lame in comparison to many, but a typical large assembly for us is in the region of 600 components. Unfortunately it isn't a dedicated CAD machine and has to run office, email, internet etc as well, and I am expected to quickly open up assemblies and drawings from other products than the one I am working on for troubleshooting purposes.
If you need your computer to multi-task, then I would strongly recommend a SSD for the primary drive (operating system and applications). I just put one in my new home computer a couple of months ago, and the difference in booting, opening programs, etc. is really noticeable. I used a 120 GB SSD, but for a work computer I'd go with the 240 - 256 range.
OK, spec that I am now being offered:
Dell Mobile Precision M4700
3rd gen Intel Core i7-3940XM Processor (3.00GHz Turbo, 8MB)
NVIDIA Quadro K2000M with 2GB GDDR3
1920 x 1080 LCD,
16GB 1600MHz DDR3
750GB 2.5inch Serial ATA (7.200 Rpm)
How does that sound?