A high-end CAD workstation is essential if you work in engineering, architecture, product design, 3D printing, or any other industry that involves computer-aided design.
At Dave’s Computers, we can custom-build a PC for CAD that has enough power and memory to easily run software such as AutoCAD, CATIA, Solidworks, Inventor by Autodesk, and others.
Custom-Built CAD PCs
When you’re designing your custom CAD workstation, there are a few things to keep in mind. As well as choosing a processor and graphics card with enough power and sufficient RAM for 3D rendering, your monitor setup is a crucial consideration.
It’s worth setting aside a portion of your budget for a large monitor, ideally one that offers 4K resolution. Multiple monitors can be a huge hack to improve your efficiency and productivity, or you may want to consider an ultrawide, curved monitor as an alternative.
Don’t forget to make sure you have enough disk space to save and back up all your design files. We can help you to calculate how much space you need as well as advise on backup solutions for external hard drives or to the cloud.
Whatever your budget, we can help you decide where best to allocate it. Give us a call at (908) 866-8173 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you to arrange a consultation.
What does a CAD PC need?
You can check the minimum software requirements of the CAD software you want to use. Ideally, if you’re building a custom PC for CAD, you should prioritize a CPU with high clock speeds (multiple threads is less important for most CAD applications), at least 16GB of RAM, a GPU with sufficient rendering power, and a reliable SSD. A large, high-resolution monitor is also recommended for working with CAD software, and you may want to consider multiple monitors to improve productivity.
How much RAM do I need for running CAD software?
16GB of RAM is acceptable for most CAD programs, although 32GB will provide better performance, particularly for 3D rendering.
Is a Dell custom workstation good for CAD?
Dell is a highly regarded computer brand, and their workstations are a popular choice for people in CAD careers. However, Dell custom workstations can be expensive. You may be able to get more for your money by asking the team at Dave’s Computers to design a custom CAD PC for you.
Is a gaming PC good for AutoCAD?
Gaming PCs are built for intensive operations and high graphics processing needs, so they should be able to run AutoCAD and other CAD software with ease. If you work in computer-aided design but also enjoy gaming, you don’t need to buy two computers.
Does CAD need a good GPU?
The graphics card you choose for your custom-built PC is particularly important if you’ll be rendering 3D graphics. A GPU with insufficient memory or clock speed will result in slow rendering. If you’re using multiple monitors, it’s also important to ensure that your GPU supports this.