What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup
I’m looking at changing my AutoCAD setup and upgrading. It’s also a good chance to look at my hardware and studio setup.
I wondered what spec machine everyone was using and if maybe we could share some photos of our, or dream setup, for inspiration!
This setup below looks pretty amazing but do you think you could use this in reality? Surely the graphic card would have a melt down?
What do you think? Love to see your setup.
This is more like my desk, loving the super wide monitor though. Does anyone use them?
You guys are literally living in the past; check out this bad ass setup:
Yes that’s exactly what you are thinking it’s, CAD Modeling using VR Kits – Welcome to the mid-21st century baby.
Buy me one of those, and I’ll take you places; my room and other ordinary places mostly.
Check out this bad boy
You no longer have to use a mouse to model any character/tree/fountain or anything else imaginable; you just sculpt away your imagination and the character comes to life; I have always wanted to have one of those, 2 hours modeling can be done in a simple 20 minutes or so.
Nothing is better than
SpacePilot Pro. I’m sure this thing practically designs stuff on its own. Everything is built around a huge 3D knob, next to that you’ll get 21 buttons, big LCD screen, tons of CAD specific functions and ergonomic design. You can use the LCD screen to keep track of your emails, calendar and tasks and keep your main screen clutter free. Best check out their website and demo, this thing is crazy. Even though it’s 399$; it’s worth every penny of it.
My day to day is less about dream machines and more about what i can convince the IT department that i need. So far they dont seem to think we need a dependable system so i gotta take the baby steps i can get…
If you do take the plunge into a new system be sure to check the specs first: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2017.html
As my hand are tied on most hardware i do have a little wiggle room with peripherals. My dream is to once again have my precious… my,,, Microsoft Trackball Explorer..
I have always wished for a very wide portable setup; like the one you posted above, what’s the make and model of such laptop?
It’s very helpful when you are working on multiple parts, multiple drawings and need interchangeable and relating dimensions to be shared between the two drawings without the hassle of using pen and paper; or you need to copy and paste features.
This is a dream setup for any Drafter/Engineer. Totally an A+.
Adding to my wish list 🙂
When i started off. I used a Core 2 Duo with 1 GB RAM and Windows XP. I installed CATIA v5, SolidWorks 2010, AutoCAD 2010. They worked fine. however i had heat related issues while rendering.
Right now you can get an i3 or i5 or i7 processor. with a decent 4GB or more ram is more than sufficient. They work fine even in 2GB RAM but if you want to push a software to its limit. Like rendering with ray traces working large files. Then go for 4GB or more.
I am new to this forum but a long time user of AutoCAD and Solidworks. My current set up is a fully loaded Dell Precision 7730 that I dock and run two Dell P2419H monitors. So far its been working out well. I often use my laptop as a third screen. Though seriously thinking about switching to a since large curved widescreen monitor. The 7730 has an 18″ screen is plenty big and the full size keypad with side number pad makes it almost seamless when I switch from being docked with a standard keyboard to on the go with just my laptop. I use a Logitech Bluetooth M570 trackball, both when docked and when on the go. I’ve yet to find anything that works better for me.
I’d have my main PC to be as beefy as it can be, but for my secondary laptop, I’d personally go with portability. But this is just for me, since my profession as an architect requires me to be going out on site visits, client meetings, and supply runs often.