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CAD is used for creating any 2D drawing, 3D model or construction digitally as opposed to by hand. The first step when looking for a computer is to check the minimum system requirements for your chosen software. Each system requirement will specify a compatible operating system, processor type, graphic card and the minimum amount of RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications are significantly above the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer runs effectively. If you will be using AutoCAD for draughting with 2D drawings or small 3D models, you will not need a machine as highly specified as someone who will be using AutoCAD for large 3D models. CAD design can be a very graphics intensive software. We recommend going with a dedicated graphics card. On top of running your other software, CAD design software itself also utilizes a lot of RAM. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with very complex 3D models or use multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Most CAD software only have single-core processes. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh more on the CPU Clock speed instead of the core count. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish.

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