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AutoCAD 2009 Machine

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October 24, 2008 3:35:29 PM

Hi guys,

My dad called me this morning and was wondering if his old AMD 3200+ with 512 Mb Ram would run the 64 bit version of AutoCAD 2009. I told him that in all likelihood, he'd need something with a little more oomph.

However, I have no idea what sort of specs I would need to get him a machine that will adequately handle his AutoCAD needs. If he runs the 64 bit version, he'll need Vista 64 bit, which if I understand correctly needs at least 4Gb of RAM to work smoothly. But what about a video card? And a processor? The catch is that I'd like to spend as little as possible, just something that will cover the bare necessaities. He doesn't game, just AutoCAD and MS Office.

Any suggestions?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 24, 2008 3:57:17 PM

Here's an idea, it really isn't risky, but might involve "some" knowledge in rivatuner.

Buy an 8800GT (brand isn't important) for about $110-120, download the latest rivatuner and Quadro drivers. Install rivatuner and the geforce drivers that came with the card, then reboot and follow these steps:

1.) Open rivatuner
2.) On the upper selection area look for "Low-Level system settings" and open it
3.) Go to the NVStrap Driver tab.
4.) On the PCI DeviceID settings look for a dropdown box that says "Graphics adapter identification". Select "Custom" there.
5.) Cycle through the new options that you'll see now, until you find one that says (NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700). Press apply and Ok.
6.) Reboot your system.
7.) Uninstall the Geforce drivers and use Driver Cleaner Pro to make sure you got them all.
8.) Install the latest Quadro drivers.
9.) Be the happy owner of an FX 3700 for $120.
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October 24, 2008 4:00:14 PM

I'll speak from my experience.
At work I use a P4 @ 3.4GHz, 1G ram, 82915g onboard graphics. XP
All our ACAD2007 work is in --> 2D <--
Works great for our needs.

Do you use autodesk's Inventor or Studio? If so, then, No, you won't have a great experience.

Your RAM is a little light if anything. Look at the mimimum requirements on the box you purchased.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 24, 2008 4:04:50 PM
October 24, 2008 4:07:18 PM

2d, I say almost, forget the graphics card
3d, yes. But even the FX1700(expensive)=(cheap 8600gt) is more than sufficient in our Inventor.
October 24, 2008 4:09:02 PM

@ Teancumtbh
What is your Dad doing with ACAD2009?
October 24, 2008 4:12:10 PM

I work in 2D cad also and I have no issues with any simi modern graphics card that I have used. If your dad doesn't do rendering, then I wouldn't worry about the card that much. Use a different CPU then the one evongugg suggested. I would use something in the 45 nm range. Reason is this: SSE4. It won't make a huge difference, but if you are building from scratch you might as well get it. Some AMD's have that too. I wouldn't be afraid to get a phenom.
October 24, 2008 5:44:46 PM

Thanks for the input, guys. I was hoping to get out of this for $300-$500, but it looks like it may be more than that. My dad designs cabinets (or is going to attempt to), and they use AutoCAD 2008 at the school he's going to, and he thought about using the 2009 at home.

I appreciate all of the help.