Imac for me?

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So I am looking at getting a
21.5-inch: 2.5GHz
2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
1920 x 1080 resolution
4GB (two 2GB) memory
500GB hard drive1
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB

And want to be able to use the following programs,
Autocad ( as a student)
Solidworks ( as a student)
3DS Max ( as a student)

Signlab ( is a vinyl cutting software)

Will the above system be able to handle these programs at a beginner/ intermediate level?

I am guessing I may have to use parallels for Signlab but really just want to know if the graphic card listed above will be able to cope?
I know I can build a PC to do it for far less but I want to try and switch.+

Thanks for any input.
 

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I have the same machine and configuration with the exception that mine has 8GB of memory. It should be able to handle everything you mentioned above.
 
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So I am looking at getting a
21.5-inch: 2.5GHz


And want to be able to use the following programs,
Autocad ( as a student)
Solidworks ( as a student)
3DS Max ( as a student)

Signlab ( is a vinyl cutting software)

Will the above system be able to handle these programs at a beginner/ intermediate level?

I am guessing I may have to use parallels for Signlab but really just want to know if the graphic card listed above will be able to cope?
I know I can build a PC to do it for far less but I want to try and switch.+

Thanks for any input.

Hi, IMHO a 27" screen would probably be better suited to these design packages, in particular with Autocad. I view lots of construction drawings (in PDF) and can evaluate them better on a bigger stage.
Also you might want to do some research on the different versions of Autocad and their current reviews. I believe that Autodesk have had problems historically with a Mac version and you may wish to use Boot Camp to fire your Mac up as a PC.
There is some discussion about Autocad on this link:

Why AutoCAD for Mac is a bad idea « blog nauseam

Cheers,
Liam
 

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