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Graphics card for Autocad

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Morning guys,
I am going to be starting a new job soon, it has me wondering if I will need an upgrade.
Currently i'm running a 3770k with a Galaxy gtx 465.
Unfortunately it does not have the extra chip to flash it to a 470.
Both the cpu and gpu are on stock cooling and not overclocked.

The job will have me using Autocad and a program called Revit.
The 465 already runs hotter than i'm comfortable with while gaming.
Typically seeing gpu load temps hover around 75-85c.
So it has me questioning if the card would die the first time I go to load a set of high rise plans.

Now on to the good stuff, which card to buy.
I'd like to keep the budget around $150-200, maybe a little more if its worth it.
I do prefer Nvidia, but that just comes from having never run anything from amd/ati.
Currently I cannot run sli due to my board only having one slot.
So that option is out the window until I build a new rig (thinking socket 2011).

If anyone uses either of these programs, please let me know if ram could be an issue.
I have an old and slow Gskill ripjaws 8gb kit in it right now.
Thanks for the advice and guidance, have a good one.
post #2 of 5
I wish there was a straightforward answer to this, like buy X and you will be fine.

Using Revit for its basic functions and tools you would be fine with your current system and the GPU upgraded to a Quadro K600 (~$160) but it can get resource intensive if you get into working with point clouds, modeling, rendering and structural analysis. Workstation GPUs and gaming GPUs have very different jobs and if you are working with high rises I would recommend using an Autodesk certified workstation card (Think Accuracy vs. Speed). Since you are relying on your eyes and the machines representation of a project you need to be accurate and keep professional liability in mind.

This would hinder your gaming on the same machine though. Saving up and getting a decent ISV certified Dell workstation for just Autocad and Revit might be the best option but for now you could probably get by with the K600 and then transfer it to a dedicated workstation down the road.

For reference I am currently using Autodesk Civil 3D and Trimble RealWorks running on a Xeon E5-2620, 32 GB ECC Memory and a Quadro K4000. For most projects its great but some larger point clouds take a while to render and model.

Hope this helps! redface.gif
post #3 of 5
How come you won't be working on a computer thats provided by your new employer? Seems like something they'd want some control over... as Merestone mentioned any consumer-grade graphics card wouldn't be accurate enough for the type of work they're doing.

Current-gen, Autodesk certified WS cards are waaaay over your budget.
 
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post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the input guys, I don't know much about workstation type video cards.
I haven't had to deal with this problem, with my last job all the work was done in office.
With this company we have the option to work while we are at home to meet deadlines and such.

I will have a company computer in my office and access to the office whenever I need it.
It is an hour to an hour and a half from where I live, so the ability to work at home on the weekends is nice.
Newegg is showing a ton of PNY brand workstation cards, they seem to be a leading supplier.
So am i correct to guess they make a decent product?
post #5 of 5
PNY is really your only option for buying a card not bundled with a system. They are all reference cards with no big difference between manufacturers.
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