Choosing a computer most of the time can be a headache for lots of people. No one likes to buy a computer yesterday and go returning it few days after. So, to avoid troubles one will need to gather information than going into a shop and wanders for hours. The first question you should probably ask before anything else is “what is my budget and what is it needed for majority of the time?” Let’s said you are buying a laptop and it is uses for operating AutoCAD 2011 and you have five hundreds to a thousand dollars in pocket. The first you SHOULD do is to check what the minimum requirements of AutoCAD 2011 version are.
For 64-Bit AutoCAD 2011
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium (compare Windows 7 versions); Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate (SP1 or later) (compare Windows Vista versions); or Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)
- AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron® processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
- 2 GB RAM
- 2 GB free space for installation
- 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card
- Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
- Install from download or DVD
The above are requirements to operate 2011 version from (http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/system-requirements/)
As a minimum, you need 2 GB RAM and huge free space for installation so, for good, choose a PC with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB hard drive space. Seems almost all the times we use PC with multiple program at once, so for smooth performs and avoid frustrating lags it is better to have a processor of 2.4 GHz processing speed or higher. Since many projects in AutoCAD get complicated and condense, it is prefer to have a larger screen about up to 17 inches.