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So a friend of my girlfriend just asked me if I could help her put together the cheapest possible PC for CAD work.

She didn't actually give me a concrete budget, she just kept mentioning "the cheapest possible" build for that kind of work.

So what do you guys think? I know CPU is king when it comes to CAD work, but which route should I go? AMD? Intel? what about video card?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
post #2 of 21
Well, the best components in my opinion would be an Intel Xeon and Nvidia Quadro combination - but that would most definitely break the budget.

I think a decent i7 and a minimum of a Quadro 2000 (i wouldn't recommend a lower graphics card than this, otherwise CAD work will be tedious, but try to go higher if possible) should suffice.

I can't comment on a full or partial AMD solution, as i don't use em.

Will be interesting to hear others thoughts on this.
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Maybe this build can be a starting point , but budget and which CAD programs will be most helpful
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Whatever you do, i would suggest you get a Workstation graphics card (Quadro or FirePro) and avoid getting a gaming graphics card...
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Tell the friend that they can either pay upfront for a fast computer, or pay later for the time it costs them while it tries to slog through CAD. My boss bought a computer last year that was a "great deal." Can't even play 1080p youtube....doh.gif
    
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I would say a 1366 6-core build here..
say..$300 for mobo+ CPU $200 for board..$70-$90 for CPU YMMV
lower-end quadro 4000 card..$200? I'm not up to date on those..yeah..pretty much $200
Edited by Schmuckley - 1/12/15 at 3:31am
 
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post #7 of 21
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Thanks guys, so it seems buying a workstation GPU is a must in these situations.

Those entry level Quadros seem like a nice deal overall.

Thanks again guys. +rep to all
post #8 of 21
What CAD program does she use? 2D or 3D? Rendering anything? Knowing this is the first step to suggesting what to get.
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: AMD FirePro W4100 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $677.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-13 00:55 EST-0500
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Originally Posted by p4inkill3r View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: AMD FirePro W4100 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $677.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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