Originally Posted by Stickeelion
everyone has seemed to neglect the fact that JonC04 is going to be using CAD and Video Editing.
For CAD most decent gaming cards do fine, you want one with as much VRAM as you can get as CAD chews this up pretty fast, also I would definitely get some more RAM too as this gets eaten by CAD software too, get another 2 sticks of what you already have to make it 8GB. In my experience I find that CAD programs seem to prefer space over speed. I would probably leave the SSD until a little later if you can't afford everything at once.
If you use up your RAM while rendering you get partial renders, dropped frames (for videos) and painfully long render times.
out of curiosity which CAD software do you happen to use?
I would recommend the 7950 if you can stretch for it. It would be a great investment and last you a very long time (My old HD4870 still plays Crysis 2 @ 1680 x 1050 on very high at very playable FPS which I forgot to measure)
I was planning on getting another 2 sticks of what I have now but they have fins and don't fit with my CPU cooler installed. So concensus is that 8 GB is going to be enough RAM.
I'll be using AutoCAD, somewhat for school and just to get better at a useful skill.
Yea, I'm definitely going to put in more to get the 7950. At the time of purchase, the GTX 260 in my rig was one of the best at the time and 5 years later it still holds its own and if the 7950 lasts as long or longer I'm willing to stretch the budget. Thanks for the help though, I'm still quite new to CAD but I'm going to have to tackle it for school so might as well get some practice.