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What system requirements should I look for if I want a PC for 3d modeling?

I plan on purchasing a PC desktop in the near future that I will be using for Industrial Design purposes. I will use such programs as Alias and Solidworks on it in regrads to 3D modeling and will also be using Adobe Creative Suite 4. I am unsure of what I need to get for the computer to run smoothly with these programs. Any help would be appriciated. Thank you!

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3 Responses to “What system requirements should I look for if I want a PC for 3d modeling?”

  1. j m said :

    A quad core processor, either core2 quad or i7. You want at least 4 GB of DDR3 ram (6-8 GB if you plan on running several of those programs at once) and try to find a speed that is at least 1333 or higher. Get a graphics card that is either in the ATI Radeon 4000 or 5000 series with 1GB of GDDR5 (i wouldn’t even recommend Nvidia because ATI outperforms their cards at a fraction of the cost) and at least a 500GB hard drive that is 7200 RPM. The monitor is up to you of course and the motherboard/Power supply doesn’t really matter because whatever brand you buy from will take care of the compatibilities with that for you. I would suggest looking into the Dell XPS line and possibly getting one of those. You could get something with those specs for around $1000. The more you spend the faster it’ll be of course, but you’re looking at spending at least $1000 to get a computer that will run those programs flawlessly. Good luck and enjoy your new computer!

  2. Kyle said :

    Pretty much what j m said, but I’ll elaborate a little more. Since you plan on 3D modeling, you’ll need a fast graphics card and processor combination with lots of RAM.

    My example of a fast computer for that:
    Intel Core i7 920
    Intel X58 motherboard from a company like ASUS or Gigabyte
    6 or 9 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    500 GB or more hard drive space, but if it’s within budget, go for a Solid State Hard Drive (SSD).
    ATI Radeon HD 5850
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    750 watt or more power supply from a company like Corsair or Antec
    And to top it all off, go for a 23+ inch high-resolution monitor at 1920 x 1080 or higher, if you even plan on getting a new monitor, that is..

    Hope this helps.

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