Question Recommendation for workstation GPU

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Hi everyone,

I am an engineering student and I want to build any pc that can support AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, MasterCAM and such 3d softwares.

I currently don not have a pc.

I have decided to get an:
--> i7-10700k (CPU)
--> Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB (SSD)
--> Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) (HDD)
--> Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4 3200 C16 2x16GB (RAM)
--> MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS (Motherboard)

But I am not sure which GPU would best work for my pc.
The max I could spend on the GPU is $1500.

Please prefer something that can be used for a long period of time. So I don't have to upgrade my pc in 5 years or so.
 

Djoza

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Hi everyone,

I am an engineering student and I want to build any pc that can support AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, MasterCAM and such 3d softwares.

I currently don not have a pc.

I have decided to get an:
--> i7-10700k (CPU)
--> Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB (SSD)
--> Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) (HDD)
--> Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4 3200 C16 2x16GB (RAM)
--> MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS (Motherboard)

But I am not sure which GPU would best work for my pc.
The max I could spend on the GPU is $1500.

Please prefer something that can be used for a long period of time. So I don't have to upgrade my pc in 5 years or so.
well,for 1500$ you can get the RTX 3090 which is currently the worlds best gpu.Its made primarly for gaming but with 24GB of GDDR6 Vram it can do whatever you like.
 
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While I was doing my research about GPU's for solidworks and such. Everyone were recommending Nvidia Quadro GPU's. Why is it that

And

I am living in Canada so if I search up the price for your recommended GPU it around $2100
 
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ragnarok0274

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Quadros are better for workstations, yes. Linus Tech Tips did a review on the 3090 and found that it wasn't very good as a workstation GPU, as Nvidia disabled some settings in its BIOs.
I would recommend a Quadro RTX 4000 or 5000. They can be found on eBay under your price range.
On Newegg the 4000 is ~$1000 US but the 5000 is ~$2000 US.
 
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kanewolf

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As a student, I wouldn't recommend spending $1500 on a workstation graphics card. Maybe you will continue with 3D modeling, maybe not. Unless you have something that is paying you to do 3D modeling, I would get a midrange card and use the $$$ for a better monitor, or a digitizer pad or something to better balance your hardware.
 
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Thanks for the advice kanewolf. But I don't know any midrange GPU's that can support 3d modeling. Do you know some midrange GPU's that would be able to support ed softwares.
 

groo

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Get a workstation card, like a the P2000 in my work computer. Its not a gamer card. I would suggest separating your play machine from your work machine personally, rather than overspend hoping to get it all together. Maybe use an old gamer set-up as the basis for a work machine if you want, but I would want workstation type management software controlling the card running your cad.
 

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