Best computer configuration for a CAD learner?
What is the best value for money computer configuration for a CAD learner.
Which are the definitely HAVE's and DON'T's.
NOTE: The person is more like a student and not a professional so he can't spend $'s on very classy, high end stuff.
CPU: i3-2130 (If you can afford it get the i5-2500K) The i3 is $60 cheaper but the i5 has 2 more cores and can be overclocked. Keep in mind the CPU speed is the most important factor for most CAD applications so it pays not to skimp on the processor.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68, The Z68 motherboard can take advantage of Intel Smart Response to use the SSD to increase the read/write speeds of a tradition, high capacity hard drive.
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600, Brand doesn't really matter but I prefer Mushkin or Corsair.
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770, I am recommending a Gaming card because in the $150 range you are better off with the flexibility the gaming card offers. Stay away from NVIDIA GeForce cards as they do not play nice with SolidWorks or other CAD applications (If you really want a dedicated CAD card get a ATI FirePro V4800 1GB)
SSD: OCZ Solid 3 60GB, SATA III 6Gb/s. For the price you can't get any faster. Up to 500 MB/s Read, up to 450 MB/s Write for under $100.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB, 6Gb/s. Unfortunately the price of HDDs has gone up due to the flooding in Thailand.
Power Supply: 500W-600W, Leaves room for upgrades without having to invest in a new PSU. Stick with name brand (Corsair, CoolerMaster, Thermaltake, OCZ) Modular PSU is nice but not necessary.
Case: Antec Three Hundred, Cheap, good cooling, well built.
OS: Windows 7 64bit
Hope this helps! If you have any other questions feel free to shoot me an email.
For around 22k in India I bought the following config just 4 months ago!!
i3 2100, intel dh61ww motherboard, 2gb ddr3 RAM, 500gb hard disk and ATI Radeon hd 5670 GDDR5 1gb.
It works nicely for solidworks, but slowwws down for keyshot renderings.
And all hardware prices have gone up nw!
And I agree wid Scott about ATI being better than NVIDIA!!
well i'm a learner and my configuration is...
Asus P5Q-VM G45
Asus ENGTS 450 SLI
Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz LGA775
4GB DDRII Ram
Samsung B2230 22"
Segate 1TB + 2 x Segate 500GB...
Windows XP Professional SP3 x86
Well my stuff works fine... and even the games works great....
i have :
intel i 7
nvida graphics - can't remember spec
17 inch hd screen with 19 inch external monitor
3d connexion mouse
logitech mx laser mouse
had this a couple of years and cost me around £1500 in a laptop. desktop is usually cheaper.
Where you looking to buy from?