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post #11 of 16
I would say you would notice more of a difference with a decent sized monitor. And if you don't have it already a good drawing tablet or good mouse should be on your list as well. I have started working with a very inferior cad program to autocad and was very glad I had a mouse that was worthy, but even found myself wanting a tablet to make things easier.

Go with the bigger screen because pixel density isn't going to be as big of a deal for what you are doing compared to eye strain and being able to see details exploded/expanded
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Yeah, I ended up snagging an older Asus 23" monitor for $150 on sale, and once i cracked it open and removed the anti glare film it looks so much better than my higher priced monitor at home a bit bulky, but has built in speakers and a headphone jack, so thats always nice, and ended up bringing my smaller 21" to work and leaving the Asus at home, though I'm tempted to remove the anti glare film from the small one as well, as it does make text a bit blurry compared to my Asus, but office lighting and sitting next to a window may make the glare too much to work with.

And yes, I do have a nice comfortable mouse, as well as a razer/belkin 52 gaming keypad, which once programed properly, makes cad work amazing, basically, I never have to touch the keyboard, and using marcos and custom keystrokes within autocad, I have every command and tool I ever use, as well as using it as a number pad, accessable without having to jump around the keyboard. and basically can always keep one hand on my mouse and the other on the keypad.

I think my next upgrade will be a 32gig ( or possibly even a 16gig will work ) followed by a decent keyboard.
post #13 of 16
SSD. The difference will be like night and day. You can always zoom in on your monitor for whatever CAD object you're working on, but you can't do much to make your HDD faster.

I took a long time to jump on the SSD boat, and I can say with confidence that I could never go back to using a HDD for any of my computers ever again. Just wish I could dump a SSD into my work laptop... :/

And as was said, $150 for a monitor won't really get you a whole lot.
    
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I dissagree, Monitors do help Cad work very much so.

- more objects visable on screen
- more room for tool bars, running multiple programs, etc.
- circles, arcs, lines, etc are much more crisp.
- properly calibrated colors for helping determine colors
- less zooming and panning

Not saying SSD's are bad, but both will help cad work ( obviously an older model monitor will not be as good as a new top of the line >1080 monitor, but much better than an old square monitor.

I do see that alot of cad related post on OCN are mostly from students and hobbyist, not from people who use the program to make a living.

But please read all the post above, as most of what you have said has been previously posted.
post #15 of 16
I guess it comes down to personal preference of use then. I do a lot of CAD work for my job, and I never saw a benefit in going beyond a 21" monitor. But it all depends on how you use it and what you're building.
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But please read all the post above, as most of what you have said has been previously posted.

Yes, clearly I hadn't read through this thread when I previously used the phrase "as was said" in my initial post.
    
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post #16 of 16
Could you have used a 2nd monitor? I have several older 19" IBM LCD's with 1280x1024 res., can be picked up pretty cheap. Dual monitors will give you even more workspace. Also Windows 32 bit is a lot smaller than 64bit. A SSD will speed up overall system usage.
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