what specs do i need for computer to run autocad and photoshop?

hi. i’m looking to buy a computer for architecture degree but i’m not really sure what specs i need to run cad and photoshop with. i’ll prob want pc as i’ve mainly used them before and prob desktop as it won’t move much and i’m guessing it will be cheaper. any advice would be appreciated!

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5 Responses to what specs do i need for computer to run autocad and photoshop?

  1. ryans_ccs says:

    I know this seems like a dumb answer, but buy as much as you can afford. Being a draftsman for 8 years and doing 3d designs along with it, I know that I have yet to have a powerful enough system, because somehow I always met the limitations eventually.

  2. pt_of_vu says:

    I would say the two things that matter th most are processing speed and memory i would recommend at least 2.2 ghz and 1gb of RAM

  3. Brian Myers says:

    Here you go (these are the requirements for AutoCAD which takes more system resources than Photoshop):

    System Requirements

    The system requirements for 32-bit AutoCAD:

    * Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, 2.2 GHz Recommended
    * Microsoft® Windows Vista™, Windows® XP Home and Professional (SP2), Windows® 2000 (SP4)
    * 512 MB RAM
    * 750 MB free disk space for installation
    * 1024×768 VGA with True Color
    * Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0 (SP1 or higher)

    Available on CD (Worldwide) and DVD (select countries and languages)
    Additional System Requirements for 64-bit AutoCAD

    * Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Vista 64-bit
    * AMD64 or Intel EM64T processor
    * 1GB RAM, 2GB for Windows Vista 64-bit
    * 750 MB free disk space for installation

    AutoCAD 64-bit cannot be installed on a 32-bit Windows Operating System.
    The System requirements for Windows Vista or 3D modeling (32 and 64-bit AutoCAD)

    * Intel® 3.0 GHz or greater
    * 2 GB RAM or greater
    * 2 GB free hard disk available not including installation
    * 1280 x 1024 32-bit color video display adapter (True Color) 128 MB or greater, OpenGL®, or Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card.
    * For Windows Vista, a Direct3D capable workstation class graphics card with 128 MB or greater is required.

  4. jayz says:

    These are the minimal requirement for the two, you can go for higher specs if you can afford
    => videocard – 128MB
    => Processor – P4 3.0Ghz
    => Memory – 1Gb DDR
    => Monitor – 17″ LCD (you will be gazing at this all the time so you want your eyes to benefit from a big radiation free LCD screen)
    => Hard disk – 80 Gb
    => Sound Card – Any will do

  5. Jony says:

    Aspire one 725 or 722 netbook pc.
    Processor 1ghz with turbo frequency upto 1.33ghz.
    Does that pc support auto cad or visual basic(c++)??
    I will b greatful if u ans this.

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