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2 things. Quadro cards are not required for Autocad any more. Better choices abound. especially with more on-board memory, whch can become important if you ever add a second monitor. 8gb memory is on the low side for a system at that power level.
You really don't need a terabyte hard drive, unless it's going into a server, or you game or listen to lots of music, or videos or have photography as a hobby. The Black caviar branding are fairly solid, but I'd look to spend a similar amount of money on a Veliciraptor 300 to 600 gig HD.
Also, is the LG monitor 23"? For real production work, one really needs two monitors. You might get by well with a single 32", but the progam menus have bloated to such an extent that two monitors of 24" size are pretty much necessarry, unless you want to spend all your time panning & zooming, or are used to doing scrimshaw on a postage stamp. (Sorry, but as my eyes get older, I find more monitor really helps).
Funny how the old 19 inch monitors had more usable area than a widescreen 22 inch. Problem is that so many of the menus using classic interface need to be horizontal, and the ribbon interface is also horizontal which leaves you with a working area that isn't proportioned the same as the paper sizes we all use. I have 2 old style 19's
Thanks for the comments guys.
I will look to put more RAM and also see if I can get another monitor perhaps.
In terms of the Graphics cards my concern is that it needs to work well with AutoCad 2011 so the Quadro is pretty much the only well recommended card thats mentioned in these forums often enough. I don't see an Autodesk supported list of cards so its a bit hard to know which 'range' of cards I can purchase(?)
Thanks for the list Namssurt. I filtered by Certified cards. Supported, Recommended. AutoCad 2011, Windows 7 64bit.
Then I search for AMD and NVIDIA cards. In NZ we use this very popular website which gives a cumulative view of multiple Computer retailers.
Once filtered, I got the following list for :
From the above lists it appears to me that the NVIDIA Quadro 380 & NVIDIA Quadro 580 would still be the most reasonable buy (compared to the FirePro/FireGL brands of AMD) - let me know if any other suggestions? The Radeon range I could not find as the model numbers were not the same/similar as on the AutoCad list. The product selection in NZ might not be as great as in some of the other countries which is a problem too.
Don't limit yourself to certified cards. The certification is meaningless on ACAD 2011 and is a remnant from when OpenGL was a necessity. Once you search all tested cards it will open up a lot of extra choices, many with check plus ratings, and the non-Quadro, non-FireGL cards are significantly cheaper.
Why limit yourself to a horizontal top-of-screen RIBBON location? Move it, it's designed to be flexible.
Why limit yourself to a horizontal Ribbon with all Panel Button visible? Since you want to use classic "all things hidden", do the same with the Ribbon.
Curious how we all sometimes allow ourselves to be limited by the OOTB look of applications
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