Not such an easy question to answer, mine at the moment is swinging towards using Autocad 3D solids to model houses. This after a brief foray into the land of Sketchup. Revit I find wonderful and maddening in equal measure, and will probably end up going down that rabbit hole.
Common to all of these is you have to have a suitable computer to run any of them.
My computer is getting on a bit now (like me) and just lately has started freeze up crashes that are only fixed by disconnecting the power.
So my options are:
1. Replace the hard drive in my existing Z230 with a new SSD for around NZ$150. My wife would certainly see that one as a no-brainer. The Z230 has had it's original K2000 graphics card replaced with a P2000 Quadro, which gives life to the old girl. Using Enscape on it is a delight. but paying for Enscape, not quite so much fun.
2.Buy a new computer. Immediately there is a choice: Workstation or PC? A man who started work with me, suggested the following PC:
CPU - Intel i7-8700k $659.00
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Silver AS5-3.5G Thermal Compound 3.5 $20.00
Cooler Master Hyper H411R CPU Cooler with 92mm White LED PWM Fan$44.00
Motherboard - Gigabyte Z390 I AORUS PRO WIFI ITX $401.00
"Hard drive - Samsung 970 Evo M.2 (2280),NVMe SSD R/W(Max)
Memory - G.SKILL Trident Z Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200Mhz CL16 $616.00
Power Supply Unit - Cooler Master MWE Gold 650W 80Plus Gold Full
Modular Power Supply $162.00
Case - Cooler Master Elite 130 Ultra Compact Mini-ITX USB3.0 $79.35
"Monitor - Philips BDM4350UC/75 43"" 4K" $885.00
Mouse - LG Wired $109.00
Mouse mat $26.00
Keyboard - Mechanical (cherry brown) (PB Tech G413
Mechanical Backlit gaming-carbon) $148.00
CD/DVD Writer (PB Tech LG gs40N) $54.00
Windows 10 home $182.00
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2. The other option is a high spec HP Workstation, which has a supposedly better graphics card in the P4000, namely a HP Z6 G4 3FF57PA
Processor model: Intel Xeon Silver 4116RAM size: 32 GB Graphics processor: Quadro P4000 Type of chassis: MiditowerFlash/SSD
One of these is around NZ$7000, so unless you had huge amounts of highly paid work in front of you, is probably a bit on the high side.
A friend has pointed me in the direction of some articles, which can be found on the Cadalyst site:
Just to make things even more painful, I am still running with Autocad 2016, which may or may not run 4K nicely, should I go completely mad and get a 43" 4K monitor. It may run, but with a bit of tweaking.