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Build for Chief Architect and Revit

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Wow I've never seen this site before and took me over a month of searching , by putting in the right keyword for this site to come up! What a site! Maybe I've been in the cave too long. anyway thank you so much for building this site. My 10 yr old desktop graphics card just died or maybe a driver problem but anyway please help me build a desktop to be used for Chief Architect and Revit. I'm staying under $1500 if it's even possible. I plan to use my old PSU 750watt, old mouse, old keyboard, and two full hd monitors and the rest new cpu, gpu, mobo, rams, storage. My computer knowledge is low.

I'm thinking of pairing AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and RTX 3080 to save money or AMD Ryzen 7 5800x and RTX 3080 but then I was told to get a Quadro card like the P2200 for Revit but then I'll be leaving Chief Architect out.

option 2: There's an old Dell gaming desktop brand new that my local store still have in stock and wants to get rid of it for $810. Is this a good deal and enough to even compare it to the AMD Ryzen 5 3600? If I were to buy it I can upgrade the rams and storage and swap out the GPU to put it in my old desktop and wait to buy the RTX 3080 or P2200.
--Dell Inspiron 5680 specs: i7 9700 (3.0 Ghz, 8 cores, 12mb cache), Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB GDDR6, 8GB DDR4 2666MHz, 1TB 7200 hd, 250GB M2. SSD, Windows 10 Home Plus Single Language. anditional specs: 460 Watt Power Supply Unit (PSU), and support for up to 4 storage devices for future upgrades (2x 3.5" bays, 1x 2.5" bay, and 1x M.2 slot). I searched everywhere and it seems to have the z370 socket (whatever this means) so this will future proof if I want to upgrade the cpu to AMD or Intel 11th gen?
 
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That Dell PC is an ok-ish build, though you'll have much better performance on a current gen R7 5800X and an RTX30xx series GPU. I found Revit to work well with mainstream GPUs, so unless you know you need specific features that might only work on a quadro, feel free to get a "gaming" GPU.

The 9700 probably is about on par with the 3600, though I am not entirely sure how well you'll be able to upgrade the Dell, as the PSU is weak, and the type of motherboard with an z370 chipset might be able to drive an i9 9900k at best. Which is ok, but you can do better with a current gen ryzen.
 
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