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What's a great computer with 3d drafting.
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* September 13, 2016, 08:35:11 AM
I have turbo cad pro plat 21. I am starting to learn 3d and my computers are very slow. What's a great computer for 3d drafting?


* September 13, 2016, 10:19:14 PM
I've got a cheap desktop with an Intel I5-4460 and 8GB RAM. V21 PP works fine under Win10, and I do a lot of 3D.

Gary Wooding
Win10 64-bit,
TC21.2 x64 Plat, Bld59
TC16.2 Plat, Bld54.0
TCC 3.5

* September 14, 2016, 04:25:45 AM
It doesn't take a top of the line PC to do 3D CAD. Most computers out there, even my 5 year old Dell i3-2130 suits my needs for 3D. The higher end PC's with high end graphics cards may give you an advantage when it comes to high quality rendering. Depending on your desires for 3D, the 20-30% decrease in render speed may not justify the higher price tag.

TC 21 Deluxe, TC 20 Platinum, TC 2015 Platinum, TC 2016 Platinum, TC 2017 Platinum
i7- 3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz, 16G Crucial Ballistic, ASRock Extreme 4, EVGA 1060 SSC, Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

* September 17, 2016, 06:42:56 AM
Thanks for the replies every one. I guess it is ok if my computer takes 20 seconds. Again thanks!


* September 17, 2016, 07:33:14 AM
Takes 20 seconds for what? I've seen complicated and highly detailed renders take up to 40 minutes, even on the best of computers. Some large files of mine take 20 secs or more just to load on my i7-3770.

TC 21 Deluxe, TC 20 Platinum, TC 2015 Platinum, TC 2016 Platinum, TC 2017 Platinum
i7- 3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz, 16G Crucial Ballistic, ASRock Extreme 4, EVGA 1060 SSC, Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

* September 17, 2016, 07:11:45 PM
Some times 3d stuff takes a wile and some times it disappears and does not come back.


September 19, 2016, 09:02:10 AM

My recommendation for a PC for doing CAD is to stay away from Dell, HP and other manufacturers who add tons of third party stuff (aka bloatware) to their OEM distributions and stick with independent assemblers. Look for 'Gaming' PCs. These tend to be stripped down to the basic Windows OS with no fillers and are geared for the highest graphics performance for the money. A really good website those of us 'in the know' in the tech community use in newegg. I got a PC there a couple years ago for only $550.00 bucks that is still powerful enough for the job. It did come in a honking huge chassy but that's ok with me because it has lots of room for upgrading and add-ons. Here's a link to their gaming PC section


Scroll down a bit to see the featured deals there. Best of luck!


* September 20, 2016, 08:35:03 AM
Thanks every one and thanks Travis. I had a feeling a gaming computer will be good and now Travis is telling me thank you.


September 20, 2016, 04:56:47 PM
I just bought a used HP Envy and downloaded a copy of Windows 10 home-re-installed from a usb so none of the "bloatware" was installed as with the original and it is very fast. I have had International trucks modeled on my Workhorse PC and take 10-15 minutes for the full assembly to come up in ProE Creo!

Don Pillow
TurboCad Platinum Pro 2016, 2017, BobCad 30-4 Axis, ArtCam, AutoDesk Fusion and Inventor,  Affinity Designer, VariCad 2017, Sketchup 2017, Rhinoceros V5
HMSAdviser  and Predator CNC Editor
+ a lot of Photo Editing and Astronomy Software

September 23, 2016, 09:56:12 PM
Time is one of the most valuable aspects of this reality called "Life". A tool that takes to much of it during your creative efforts should be sharpened or modified until it takes the least and provides the most, within the pesky reality of fiduciary constraints. Two years ago, I undertook a project to build a system that would allow me to use tools like TC and SW and PS, without taxing my time to much. I was successful, without exceeding the same budget I have allowed myself for my personal computer for the last twenty years. I work on highly complex and significantly large projects, and the resources they demand are not trivial. The system I came up with is as follows:

Monitor:             Planar PXL2790MW
Motherboard:     ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU:                     Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011 64 Technology Extended Memory CPU Processors BX80633I74930K
Computer Case:     ANTEC No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case, Black GX700
CPU Cooler:        Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i
Video Card:     PNY Quadro K2200 VCQK2200-PB 4GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Memory:             G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
Power Supply:     PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750w EPS12V Quad/Black
1 SSD:                (O.S. & Apps)   SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDHP-256G-FFP
2 HDD:                ( Data Raid)   Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

I bought and built to minimize cost and maximize performance, and to attempt to prevent a five-year obsolescence due to progress in the technology. So far, I think I have done ok, since the CPU has only increased in price the last two years.

Anyway, I hope this helps. If not, no worries. Everyone has an ideal for their efforts, and a measure of performance for their satisfaction. I smile every time I crank this little beast up.



Win 8.1 Pro ~TC 21.2 Pro Plat
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79
Intel Core i7-4930K~PNY NVIDIA Quadro K2200
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 
Corsair CPU Cooler H100i
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SATA 6.0GB/s SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB (x2)
Stable @ 4.5 GigHz overclocked

September 23, 2016, 11:12:37 PM
Some times 3d stuff takes a wile and some times it disappears and does not come back.
This could quite easily be something as simple as HD., speed. If its not 7500 rpm then it needs to be. The speed is always printed upon the face of the HD. Memory is important too; this needs to be at least 4Gb and as fast as your motherboard will accept. Your quoted times are completely a 'NO - NO'.

Chris S
Architectural Practise: Chris Spreckley & Associates.Ex: S. Spreckley & Company Ltd.
Trained at:          The Manchester School of Building
Semi retired but Cross my palm .. and I'm in work.
Easel draughtsman, acting for corp clients; BBC;NCC;GCM;SWF;StdLifeAss., ScottishWidowsAss; BoEng etc

* September 24, 2016, 05:26:02 PM
Thanks again for all the help everybody.