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Flip
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Hardware advice

Post by Flip » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:20 pm

Hi everyone. I am brand spanking new to CAD. I am looking for a more stable and suitable system to run FreeCad on. My current setup doesn't seem that great.

Current setup is:
Windows 7 Home
Pentium Dual Core CPU E5300@2.6 GHz
4 gig ram
32 bit

I'm thinking of a used laptop for under $500 (which there are several decent ones). I will be using it almost exclusively for FreeCad.18. I'd love some advice on what sort of configuration I should look at (OS, ram, etc). Thanks in advance.

Flip
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by openBrain » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:39 pm

Use Linux :)
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by Flip » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:43 pm

I'm thinking I will add that once I get the new hardware.
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by drmacro » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:44 pm

I'd second the "use Linux", even on your new hardware when you get it.

And, upgrade to FreeCAD 0.19

I routinely run on the lower cost systems seen at Logical Increments: https://www.logicalincrements.com/

I typically use 4 or 8 GB of memory.
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by OficineRobotica » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:50 pm

openBrain wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:39 pm
Use Linux :)
And FreeCAD 0.19 lol....I don't know how heavy your projects can get and if you need a dedicated video card but I highly recomend a 1080p IPS panel. Modern laptops with amd/radeon-vega apu are really capable with good to excelent linux support, long battery life and a price range from 500 to 700€ here in Europe. I talk from personal experience so take it as it is ....personal. Bare in mind that you have a new product warranty.

That being said, if you find a good deal with a GOOD dedicated video card go for it. Just don't fall for the base line videocards there only for marketing reasons. Do your research.

Best regards.

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Re: Hardware advice

Post by GeneFC » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:07 pm

Ha ha,

The linux bigots are at it again.

If you look through the Install/Compile forum you will find vastly more problems with linux systems than with Windows systems.

And don't even get started on talking about Mac problems. :lol:

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Re: Hardware advice

Post by drmacro » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:14 pm

GeneFC wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:07 pm

The linux bigots are at it again.

If you look through the Install/Compile forum you will find vastly more problems with linux systems than with Windows systems.

And don't even get started on talking about Mac problems. :lol:
Probably because there are just vastly more Linux users installing and compiling... ;)
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by OficineRobotica » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:17 pm

GeneFC wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:07 pm


If you look through the Install/Compile forum you will find vastly more problems with linux systems than with Windows systems.
P.S. I don't recommend installing Linux right away on a new laptop because of warranty reasons.
Proud linux bigot here :lol:
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by Flip » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:22 pm

Thank you everyone. Looking forward to using this forum a lot!
Be safe
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Re: Hardware advice

Post by GeneFC » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:36 pm

drmacro wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:14 pm
Probably because there are just vastly more Linux users installing and compiling... ;)
I believe this came up a few months ago and one of very most senior developers said the FreeCAD Windows users outnumbered the linux users by some very large factor.

I use linux routinely on a non-FreeCAD computer. I find it flexible, but incredibly clunky to use.

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