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a CAD computer and for gaming at around 1500-1600$??

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April 27, 2014 10:28:58 AM


Next year im going to college in industrial design. One thing I know is that they use Solidworks over there. And I know that the projects that I'll have to do, I'd like to continue them at home, but i need a new computer. I know this may sound surprising, but I'd prefer an all-in-one (i know) just because I dont have that much space for a tower, and all the cables laying around just gives me headaches. Although if a tower is better, I'll move things around and get over my cable-phobia (if I can call it like that). But I'd also like to play some games with it, like minecraft, and some casual web surfing. I have a budget of 1500-1600$ and I was on dell's web site and found this computer:

the new dell inspiron 23 touch with an msrp of 1400$. is it good for my needs? i also found this one, also from dell:

the XPS 27" all-in-one. it's msrp is 1600$. To me they sound like good computers, but i just can't really decide. I also thought of a gaming computer, like the Alienware Aurora, but im really lost.

To sum it up, I need a new computer that #1 task is to run Solidworks, and #2 some gaming.

Thank you for your answers :) 

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April 27, 2014 11:12:15 AM

All in ones are basically glorified laptops. You do not want an all in one for any serious work. They use the same hardware that's found in most laptops. Plus these all in one systems are not upgradable and depreciate extremely quickly in value and when you go to sell it, you won't get back half of what you spent on it. If you want to get a good PC for that, build your own. You can get a far better system for far less money and it will last forever. It's not that hard.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1462.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 14:11 EDT-0400)

Then you can add whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.