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My two cents: Go the desktop route. I enjoy working from my desktop much more than any laptop - not to mention having lots of screen real estate from having a large monitor (or the option to have several monitors - very helpful for engineering work). For me, building my own desktops was just a smart money move, since I get a better computing experience at any price point.

Regarding what specs are important - take a look at this article that runs benchmarks on AutoCAD 2013 with all sorts of different graphics cards http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/AutoDesk-AutoCAD-2013-GPU-Acceleration-164
The conclusion is that current gaming graphics cards from nvidia significantly outperform their professional cards, even in AutoCAD. There is still an argument to be made for professional graphics (less potential for error in mission critical situations), but a GTX card will actually work incredibly well at a fraction of the cost. I know you aren't on a tight budget, but I won't say to spend big bucks on a quadro gpu if it isn't needed thumb.gif
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My two cents: Go the desktop route. I enjoy working from my desktop much more than any laptop - not to mention having lots of screen real estate from having a large monitor (or the option to have several monitors - very helpful for engineering work). For me, building my own desktops was just a smart money move, since I get a better computing experience at any price point.
More recently I found it to be the other way around.
Depends on the person, I do some heavy media and design work so multi monitor is so valuable for me as well. But I found I'm actually more productive at school on campus, around people doing work.
Edited by ivr56 - 2/6/13 at 11:29pm
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post #23 of 24
build your own desktop computer , get someone who has done it before to help you
I had my first one built for me , I then upgraded the motherboard and CPU 3 years later
it is best if you understand how to repair, update , trouble shoot and replace your computer components by yourself
maximum pc is a good magazine to start reading, There are special video cards for CAD , expensive ones , they make more precise calculations with less chance of errors
post #24 of 24
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My two cents: Go the desktop route. I enjoy working from my desktop much more than any laptop - not to mention having lots of screen real estate from having a large monitor (or the option to have several monitors - very helpful for engineering work). For me, building my own desktops was just a smart money move, since I get a better computing experience at any price point.


I actually haven't found this to be the case either like ivr56

Im not disputing the answer as i think its correct. Overall I have been enjoying spending more time with the living on the ground floor rooms and in the light with the other half, yet still been able to browse and play games without being trapped. I still use the desktop with its much larger screen and sound in the bat cave but its nice to have the choice of both.

ohh and obviously a modern laptop workstation with a firepro graphics card or SLI / Crossfire GPU's and 32GB ram can compete with the desktop and run upto three external monitors and its own screen at once thumb.gif
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