So I don't have a ton of experience with laptops, since I use my desktop for almost everything. My friend is going into college in the fall and she will use autocad a lot. I'm helping her pick out a laptop that will run autocad well, but still trying to keep the weight and price down while keeping the battery life up. Don't know how realistic that goal is, but we shall see Budget is $1000 at most btw, $850 would be ideal. So my first question would be: is autocad more CPU or more GPU dependent? Obviously if she can get away w/ onboard video, money can be saved by going that route. Gaming would not be a priority (not officially anyways), since her parents are paying. Next, if CPU dependent, would a quad core better or a higher clocked dual core be better? And if GPU dependent, what is a good mobile GPU for it? I'm not familiar with mobile GPUs at all, and keep in mind portability and battery time are also in consideration here. Finally, does anyone have any recommendations as to a laptop or a line of laptops? I was thinking about finding a Thinkpad w/ a discrete graphics since I know they are great laptops, but given the budget that may not be possible.