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Thread: Computer upgrade advice?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2021

    Computer upgrade advice?

    Hi, friends. I could use some advice on the right computer for Sketchup/CAD. My wife's a landscape-architect-in-training who's doing a lot of Sketchup and AutoCAD at home. Her computer is slow, but then I understand that pretty much ALL 3D design work can bog down the best computers, so we're wondering whether we can actually improve things without dropping thousands on a custom build.

    We're looking at a specific, relatively inexpensive Beelink box as a possible upgrade, and wondering whether it's (a) adequate, and (b) would be a noticeable improvement over her current laptop. If not, what WOULD folks recommend for a reasonable price?
    Here are the specs for the two computers (current and prospective):

    Current: Lenovo Ideapad 330-17IKB:
    Intel Core i5-9250U (4 cores, 8 threads, 1.6-3.4 GHz, 6 MB smart cache)
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (integrated, not a separate card)
    500 GB HDD
    12 GB RAM (maxed out) and and

    Proposed: Beelink SER3 Mini PC:
    AMD Ryzen 7-3750H (4 cores, 8 threads, 2.3GHz base, boost max 4.0 GHz, 4MB smart cache)
    Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics (integrated, not a separate card)
    500GB SSD
    16 MB RAM (room to upgrade to 32)


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    English Lake District
    I was about to point you to CadTutor which is a much more active forum than here, but I see that you have already found it and asked the same question there.

    Cad64 has already answered you over there.
    (He's been around for a while and was one of the moderators on this forum when it was more active).
    Im intelligent enough to know that I dont know everything; but I'll tell you all about it anyway.

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