23 hours ago, klh2000 said:
what would you suggest then for something to do the cad/3d modeling? I'm not going to be playing games with it. I can go a little higher on the budget if need be, but i'd really like to stay under $700
Either one that you have posted will work fine for your use case as a student. It's not going to be blazing fast and you may have a small hiccup or 2 if you are working with large files, but for school, it should be a good starting point. The last one you posted has everything you need (https://www.newegg.com/black-asus-tuf-gaming-fx505dd-gaming-entertainment/p/2WC-000N-00GH5), and I think will work for you until you get out of school or start working with some seriously heavy files. You may want to look into upgrading the RAM eventually to 16GB, but other than that, I think it will work just fine.