Budget AUTOCAD System 2018

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Hi,
I'm trying to build a budget AUTOCAD system and I'm having trouble to find the correct components.
It's not the first PC or Workstation I'm building I just dont have any experience building Systems for AUTOCAD.
My Maximum Budget would be around 500 €/440£/580$.

All help is appreciated.
 

Aeacus

Glorious
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Right... the AutoCAD build. The money you have for it is too less for proper AutoCAD build. Though, here's best i could do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium Gold G5500 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor (€91.13 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: MSI - B360M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (€71.17 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (€77.37 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: TCSunBow - X3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€48.99 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€39.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P400 2GB Video Card (€130.33 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: Zalman - T2 Plus MicroATX Mini Tower Case (€30.24 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (€59.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Total: €549.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-06 14:06 CEST+0200

Few words

Since for AutoCAD, CPU frequency is more important that CPU cores, because almost all computing is done by single-core, i put in G5500 which has 2 cores, 4 threads and it operates at 3.8 Ghz. CPU cooler is included. Ideally, i7-8700K, OC'd to 4.7 Ghz would be best but it's way out of the budget.

MoBo is one of the cheapest but went with B360 chipset which is designed for business use. Oh, it also has PCI-E 3.0 compared to the PCI-E 2.0 H310 chipset MoBos have. Oh, B360 chipset MoBo can't OC K-series CPUs, e.g i7-8700K. For CPU OC, you'll need Z370 chipset MoBo.

16GB of RAM would be minimum for AutoCAD build while 32GB of RAM would be ideal. But due to the budget, only 8GB of RAM made it.

Working off from HDD alone is a torture. So, put in SSD as an OS drive to smoothen the workflow. Also, added 1TB HDD where you can keep your projects.

Since what you're aiming for is workstation build, Quadro GPU is best used in it. Ideally Quadro P2000 would be best for AutoCAD but since that GPU costs €500, i put in Quadro P400 which should do for time being.

Because PC case is personal choice, feel free to switch out the one i put in. Then again, for workstation build, PC doesn't need to look good. What matters is the performance of it.

And lastly, put in good build quality PSU from Seasonic. PSU is 520W and fully-modular, to ease the PC's assembly. Oh, PSU is also more than enough if you upgrade your PC in the future, e.g i7-8700, 32GB of RAM, Quadro P2000.
(All my 3 PCs: Skylake, Haswell and AMD are also powered by Seasonic. Full specs with pics in my sig.)

And here's further reading for you to know which components to pick for AutoCAD only PC,
link: https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Autodesk-AutoCAD-134/Hardware-Recommendations
 

Aeacus

Glorious
Herald
Right... the AutoCAD build. The money you have for it is too less for proper AutoCAD build. Though, here's best i could do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium Gold G5500 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor (€91.13 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: MSI - B360M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (€71.17 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (€77.37 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: TCSunBow - X3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€48.99 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€39.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P400 2GB Video Card (€130.33 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: Zalman - T2 Plus MicroATX Mini Tower Case (€30.24 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (€59.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Total: €549.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-06 14:06 CEST+0200

Few words

Since for AutoCAD, CPU frequency is more important that CPU cores, because almost all computing is done by single-core, i put in G5500 which has 2 cores, 4 threads and it operates at 3.8 Ghz. CPU cooler is included. Ideally, i7-8700K, OC'd to 4.7 Ghz would be best but it's way out of the budget.

MoBo is one of the cheapest but went with B360 chipset which is designed for business use. Oh, it also has PCI-E 3.0 compared to the PCI-E 2.0 H310 chipset MoBos have. Oh, B360 chipset MoBo can't OC K-series CPUs, e.g i7-8700K. For CPU OC, you'll need Z370 chipset MoBo.

16GB of RAM would be minimum for AutoCAD build while 32GB of RAM would be ideal. But due to the budget, only 8GB of RAM made it.

Working off from HDD alone is a torture. So, put in SSD as an OS drive to smoothen the workflow. Also, added 1TB HDD where you can keep your projects.

Since what you're aiming for is workstation build, Quadro GPU is best used in it. Ideally Quadro P2000 would be best for AutoCAD but since that GPU costs €500, i put in Quadro P400 which should do for time being.

Because PC case is personal choice, feel free to switch out the one i put in. Then again, for workstation build, PC doesn't need to look good. What matters is the performance of it.

And lastly, put in good build quality PSU from Seasonic. PSU is 520W and fully-modular, to ease the PC's assembly. Oh, PSU is also more than enough if you upgrade your PC in the future, e.g i7-8700, 32GB of RAM, Quadro P2000.
(All my 3 PCs: Skylake, Haswell and AMD are also powered by Seasonic. Full specs with pics in my sig.)

And here's further reading for you to know which components to pick for AutoCAD only PC,
link: https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Autodesk-AutoCAD-134/Hardware-Recommendations
 

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