Right so a small bit of back story, I'm part of a formula student team (UBRacing if your interested) and we've recently been given a budget of about £1100 to spend on some new gear. The gaffa has decided I'm the PC man and she has asked me to find her a desktop pc capable of running Catia v5 with quite complex parts (space frame chassis, wheel uprights etc) but normally only 10 part assemblies or so. At this point I was thinking to myself, this sounds pretty reasonable but she always wants a monitor for it and a laptop, fortunately the laptop can literally just be a laptop as it doesn't have to run anything remarkable.
With the budget I was thinking it would boil down to something like
£350 On the laptop, £650 on the desktop and £100 on a monitor but I'm finding it god damn near impossible, laptops seem to start at £400, CADing PCs with really low end quadro cards and 4gb seem to start at £700 and that leaves me fettling a monitor out of some steel sheet and tube.
I've tried to tell her she will probably have to sacrifice one end of the bill, the good news is that even underpowered dell laptops can run the chassis model with suspension geometry and major internals but they don't do it smoothly, realistically I was thinking a 3gb i3, 4-8gb DDR3 and a low end quadro but I seem to have been too optimistic.
Any advice you guys can give me?