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Hey guys,

I'm building a machine purely for CAD modelling, rendering, etc.. mainly for mech. eng. applications like SolidWorks.

I'm looking for the best workstation card I can buy for $150-200, I know it's not a lot but it would be great if you guys could give some suggestions.

Also, processor suggestions would be appreciated too. quad-core, hexcore? was thinking of maybe a 2500K or the AMD 10xxT hexcores if the extra cores are useful.

Thanks in advance.
    
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Will you be using SolidWorks exclusively and for sure?
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post #3 of 11
I would say a SB CPU will be better then a hex core AMD.

This is suppose to be a pretty good card for CAD inside your budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133354
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Will you be using SolidWorks exclusively and for sure?
For sure, and mainly, but not exclusively. There will be other CAD programs like AutoCAD used for sure, and programs for FEA and load analysis and Abaqus, etc.
    
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post #5 of 11
it's not enough to buy a great workstation card indeed, almost all the nice cards that can work better needs over $400.
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Free bump, looking for similar suggestions!
    
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What kind of budget are you working with for the processor? You could go the old Xeon or Opteron route
post #8 of 11

Quadro 580/600 for sure. Works better with SW then any gaming card.

post #9 of 11
look into the NVIDIA NVS series. i know some of my cad guys work stations have NVS 295 or the 300. not sure which. but they use solidworks and Cad extensively with no problems. and they are priced in your range.
post #10 of 11
IF you go with PNY make sure to fill out the registration card or go online to register, otherwise they will NOT honor the warranty. My customers and I have been burned several times by this issue when the card died after one year of use.
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