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What is the least expensive way to set up a computer for AutoCAD?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9102 points ) March 10th, 2011

I need a 64 bit desktop for drafting with AutoCAD, and SolidWorks.

I need it to be as inexpensive a set up as possible.

Does anyone know what the best bet would be?


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So the first step to answering this question is finding out the minimum requirements for the software you’re trying to run. I looked at this here: and it states that you need at least:

3.0Ghz+ dual-core
2GB of RAM

Now interestingly, they don’t mention what sort of graphics card you’re going to want. I googled graphics requirements for autocad, and it brought me back to their site. I filled in a couple of details (change if they’re wrong) and here’s a list of recommend graphics cards:

This is going to be the most expensive part of your project.

Now, with this in mind, what you might do is either a) build a machine yourself, b) find a computer from somewhere like microcenter or walmart that match your requirements, or lastly (and I recommend it), go to a local computer store and bring them the requirements. Tell them what it will be for and have them build a machine for you. I think all in all you’re probably looking at about $600 if you build it yourself, with monitor. Labor is going to change per shop but I wouldn’t expect to pay more than $800.

Best of luck!

PS: Almost forgot! If you decide to build yourself I highly recommend for your parts. Their customer service is very highly rated and their prices are in a lot of cases unmatched.

PPS: I just want to state that I find AutoCAD’s minimum requirements to seriously underestimate itself. Also, SolidWorks site recommends 6GB (A number I would feel more confident in recommending,

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