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CPU and GFX Specs for AutoCAD PC under $1200???

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May 12, 2006 3:47:47 PM

I'm trying to organize some specifications for a client who wants computers running AutoCAD for under $1200 each.

I'm going with Pentium D since they're the cheapest dual-cores right now.

But do I go with the D 805 and a higher-end Fire GL or Quadro


go with the D 930 and and lower-end Fire GL or Quadro?

Thanks in advance

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May 12, 2006 4:45:41 PM

If they are going to use only AutoCad get the faster processor you can with a Mid-Range Quadro.

Ati and Autocad is a bad pair: Smooth line display is disabled due to performance and stability problems and other issues.

Low end quadro 560 is based in a 7600gs and 1500 is based in 7900Gt. The Jump from mid-range to high end is low but from low-end to mid range is very big.
May 12, 2006 8:41:47 PM

Thanks for the ATI caution.

$1,200 does seem to be too short for the budget.

The most affordable GFX card for the work in that price range is the QUADRO 540, which I can't find reviews for, so I dunno how it would handle with a Pentium D 930.

We're looking to up the budget to at least go for a QUADRO in the 1000 series range.

What about monitors:

Would LCDs (in the $300 price range) be okay for CAD work or is the performance of CRT a must?