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I built this machine for my parents for use with AutoCAD and eventually Revit. I went mini ITX because of space restrictions and the 4790 because of the rather CPU intensive tasks it would be used for. 16 Gigs of memory was also a must as well as the SSD for added snappiness. They will eventually want a GPU, and i'm thinking the 750ti from gigabyte, but for now the HD 4600 graphics are just fine. The system runs very well and this combo of parts seems to be perfect for a low cost but high powered build.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You're going to want a separate GPU to get the most out of that 4790, for CAD applications something as simple as a 750Ti of 960 would work great. Otherwise good build, I use AutoCAD, Invenotr, and Revit a lot too!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I'm surprised you fit all of that under $1000. Although a graphics card would do nicely.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do like the build, but there are certainly better options than integrated graphics. For $800 an i7 isn't the best option. Often times CAD programs don't use hyperthreading so thats a place to save a hundred bucks. From there you can get a firepro w4100 for $150! If you cut down to 8 gb of RAM (as long as it fits into your applications) the w4100 will absolutely dominate CAD applications for $800. A 750ti or 960 wouldnt be nearly as worth it, they dont perform nearly as well. Obviously if you plan to upgrade after you already built this get a quadro or firepro. They are literally built for CAD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, my work computer is used 95% of the time for AutoCAD. My boss let me build my new computer after my old one died a few months ago.

Great choice on the CPU and RAM. Now heres the part thats up for debate. Your GPU, you want to get a card that will perform better than the built in graphics in your 4790 GPU and youll need it to have decent on board mem so autocad wont lock up when youre running 15 windows at once and hatching a plan with 10 xrefs attached.

I went with the gaming GPU 760 with 4GB of memory. I went with the 760 only because we run AutoCAD 2007 and only do 2D drafting.

Now you could go with a pro card, they will have less lag and drivers cert. by AutoDesk. They will also be "more accurate" apparently the consumer GPU's could mess up with distances in the drawing. I have never had that problem, I think it is more with mechanical drafting where you need precis accuracy down to .00000001 mm. But the cost of your build will also double. Pro cards are very expensive 2 or 3 times the price of a comparable consumer card.

Way your options, I would go with an upper lever consumer card but you can also get a model year older pro card, for some good prices on ebay.

Hopefully I was able to help.