graphics card upgrade needed to run CAD software?

  mdline87 20:32 17 May 08

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 with these specs.

Processor: Pentium 4
Processor speed: 3400 MHz
Amt of RAM: 3GB
Hard drive: 160 GB (7200 rpm)
Operating system: Win XP Pro

The computer came with a 128MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory Card.

I never really found this any good for gaming; half life 2 would often crash. Now as a 2nd year architecture student i'm starting to have speed and display problems when using Adobe photoshop, illustrator and 3d CAD software.

Would it be worth considering a graphics card upgrade or just waiting a few years before buying a new PC? If so I would not be looking to spend more than £150 and I am not certain on what sort I would be looking for.
Any help would be much appreciated!


  Jak_1 21:12 17 May 08

That card should be fine for cad software, it is less memory intensive than games.

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