I am in need of building an autocad workstation for my uncle. I have built gaming and home pc's before but not autocad and 3d workstations. That is the reason I am asking more experienced ones if the following system successfully and smoothly runs autocad projects in 2d and in 3d? If using also for example 3ds Max do the "render ports" or "viewports" run smoothly for the user?
As I am in hurry I kindly accept any autocad or 3d experts' informative answers.
Thank you in advance!
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K BX80637I53570K Motheroard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H / Intel Z77 / 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM max. 32GB Dual channel / Graphics: 1 x D-Sub, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI / Atheros GbE LAN chip / Expansion: 1x PCI-Ex16(x16), 1x PCI-Ex16(x4), 3x PCI-Ex1, 2xPCI / 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4x SATA 3Gb/s / 10x USB2.0, 4xUSB3.0 / ATX GPU: DELL NVIDIA Quadro 2000 1GB/ 2xDP, 1xDVI (1xDP-DVI, 1xDVI-VGA), DDR5 1GB RAM: Crucial 4GB DDR3 Ballistix Tactical UDIMM 240pin, 1866 MT/s, PC3-14900, CL9, 1.5V HDD: SEAGATE ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s ODD: Asus DRW-24B5ST Black / 24x / 1.5 MB / SATA / Bulk PSU: Fortron FSP RAIDER 750W 85+ (80PLUS BRONZE)/ +12V Single Rail/ SATA Array Cable/ Silent 120mm FAN, Inaudible 19dBA at 50% Load/ Active PFC Case: Codegen ATX-M701-CA (black)/ PSU Bottom Location with Bottom Washable Dust Filter/ 2xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, e-SATA/ HD Audio/ 14CM Blue Front FAN with Speed Regulator on Top/ Black Interior/ Tool-less Kit/ Aluminum Mesh Front Panel/ 3.5" -> 5.25" Drive Bay/ w/o PSU Op. sys: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit English 1pk OEM DVD
At work we have some older systems that are worse than that, and still perform "OK" If your building it yourself and depending on what the budget is, id try to get a mobo with at least room for one xeon processor, possibly a dual socket board if you can.
Autocad programs are able to use a lot of ram, so id go to a minimum of 8GB, but i would shoot for more like 16.
I would also beef up the GPU. stay in the Quadro line, but get something with a little more heft; more vram is good. Especially if you want to run dual monitors.
When we get new CAD machines, we always go with 2 hard drives in raid 1. A lot more reliability, especially useful if your uncle is going to be doing professional things with it
Long story short; It will run it, but don't expect it to be instantaneous.
I'm sorry, I forgot to mention that there will be 4 of 4GB RAM sticks in total 16GB.
Talking about the GPU what would be best bang for the buck: if I take Quadro 2000 or something like ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 / GeForce GTX 670 / PCI-E3.0 / GDDR5 2GB / 256-bit / Core 915 MHz / Memo 6008 MHz / DVI-I / DVI-D / HDMI which is littlebit cheaper than the previous one but has more vram?
My budget is quite tight, so I can't allow GPU over the value of Quadro 2000 nor any Xeon Dual Socket boards.
On more questions. If using two WD WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200rpm 16MB SATA 6.0 GB/s drives in RAID 1 would the produce better performance than 10 000rpm drive?
Talking about what will be done with the new system, my uncle works in non-standard industrial machinery production company and he will be opening, viewing and maybe slighly modifying clients' projects. Right now he has a pc something like 7 years old and he does all his job on it. He would like to view and rotate the models more smoothly and easily than now. If this PC presented in this topic does it considerably better then I will be putting it together.
Main apps that will be used are Autocad, Sketchup and some other software for opening cad files.
I would just like know which card works better with autocad in my budget range: specialized Quadro 2000 or Nvidia/AMD gaming cards (if buying one in the same price range of Quadro 2000)-
I read that with OpenCL technology the performance comes from GPU and also from CPU in parallel.
For example if I get a Asus HD7970-DC2-3GD5 / AMD Radeon HD 7970 / PCI-E3.0 / 3GB GDDR5 / 384-bit / Core 925 MHz / Memo 5500 MHz / 1xDVI-I / 1xDVI-D / 1xHDMI (via DVI to HDMI adaptor) / HDCP would it in some cases outperform Quadro 2000?
If looking on the chart on this page VideocardBenchmark I can see that Quadro 2000 scores 1123 points whereas Radeon 7970 scores whopping 3958 points. Does this mean that 7970 performance in autocad drawings rendering far exeeds the quadro 2000 power?
As the price is relatively the same I'm really stuck between these two, which one to choose for autocad, skecthup etc.. Which will perform better?