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Optimising Hardware Spec on a budget

Question asked by Rainer Hurricks on Jul 21, 2011
Latest reply on Jul 22, 2011 by Charles Culp

I am looking for advice on optimising the hardware spec for a new CAD PC - however, only a mid-range PC budget is available.


CAD activity:

  • Mid-range CAD package (latest revision)
  • Assemblies upto 100 parts
  • Simple parts
  • No FEA requirements
  • No Rendering requirements


Is it better to go for:

  • a good CPU (Intel i5), Motherboard & Memory (8 GB) - with no graphics card?
  • or a mid-range CPU (Intel i3), motherboard & Memory (4 GB) - with entry level graphics card?