Budget PC build in $400-500 --- for work (Autocad), movie, and dota2 on highest setting

Cisy_

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I' m from Australia, I want to build a PC for work and some gaming. For working I mainly use Autocad and need to do a lot of Internet research. For gaming is only dota2 and CS.
My priority is speed and reliability.

Can someone please advise me some builds? I'm a first timer too.

Thanks!
 


Cisy_

For these uses and this budget the best cost / performance is going to be to buy a used workstation and upgrade. The best value these days will be LGA1366 as there are 4 and 6-core CPU's running at modern speeds- the X5687 is 4-core @ 3.6 /3.86GHz. The RAM for this series is triple channel DDR3 1066 or 1333 ECC.

Typical systems are: Dell Precision T3500, T5500, T7500 and HP z400, z600, z800. An example:

Dell Precision T3500, Xeon W3680, 12GB Ram 1x 1Tb Disk Win 7 coa #B5-8 AU $ 430 or Offer

That is a particularly good one as it has the W3680 6-core @ 3.33 / 3.6Ghz and a Quadro 2000. For gaming you could sell the Quadro 2000 and find a used GTX 760 or 770.

The other approach is to find one of these system with a low end CPU and kangapoo GPU and disk for little money and upgrade. I have a Precision T3500 and T5500 and these cost originally US $ 53 and $171;

Dell Precision T3500:

Precision T3500 (2011) (Original) Xeon W3530 4-core @ 2.8 /3.06GHz > 4GB (2X 2GB) DDR3-1333 ECC > GeForce 9800 GT (1GB)> WD Black 500GB
[[Passmark system rating = 1963, CPU = 4482 / 2D= 609 / 3D=805 / Mem= 1409 / Disk=1048]

Revised: cost about $240:

Dell Precision T3500 (2011) (Rev 2) Xeon X5677 4-core @ 3.46 / 3.73GHz > 12GB (6X 2GB) DDR3-1333 ECC > Quadro 4000 (2GB) > PERC 6/i + Seagate 300GB 15K SAS ST3300657SS + WD Black 500GB > 525W PSU> Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > 2X Dell 19" LCD
[Passmark system rating = 2751, CPU = 7236 / 2D= 658 / 3D=2020 / Mem= 1875 / Disk=1221]

Dell Precision T5500

Dell Precision T5500 (2011) (Original): Xeon E5620 quad core @ 2.4 / 2.6 GHz > 6GB DDR3 ECC Reg 1333 > Quadro FX 580 (512MB) > Dell PERC 6/i SAS /SATA controller > Seagate Cheetah 15K 146GB and 300GB > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
[ Passmark system rating = 1479 / CPU = 4067 / 2D= 520 / 3D= 311 / Mem= 1473 / Disk= 1208]

Revised: Cost about $800

Dell Precision T5500 (2011) (Revised) > 2X Xeon X5680 (6-core @ 3.33 / 3.6GHz), 48GB DDR3 1333 ECC Reg. > Quadro K2200 (4GB ) > PERC H310 / Samsung 840 250GB / WD RE4 Enterprise 1TB > M-Audio 192 sound card > Logitech z313 > 875W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64> HP 2711x (27", 1920 X 1080)
[ Passmark system rating = 3844 / CPU = 15047 / 2D= 662 / 3D= 3550 / Mem= 1785 / Disk= 2649] (12.30.15)

The PERC H310 SAS /SATA RAID controller ( US $50) converts the disk to 6GB/s

The Dell Precision Tx5-- series were designed for workstation uses such as AutoCad and server-level reliability, were beautifully made and run quietly. The single-threaded performance of LGA1366 is moderate for games today, but changing the GPU to a GTX can cure it.

Goodaynowoorriesgoodonyacheers,

BambiBoom

HP z420 (2015) > Xeon E5-1660 v2 (6-core @ 3.7 / 4.0GHz) > 32GB DDR3 1866 ECC RAM > Quadro K4200 (4GB) > Intel 730 480GB (9SSDSC2BP480G4R5) > Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > 600W PSU> > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Logitech z2300 speakers > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440)>
[ Passmark Rating = 5064 > CPU= 13989 / 2D= 819 / 3D= 4596 / Mem= 2772 / Disk= 4555]


 


Cisy_

For these uses and this budget the best cost / performance is going to be to buy a used workstation and upgrade. The best value these days will be LGA1366 as there are 4 and 6-core CPU's running at modern speeds- the X5687 is 4-core @ 3.6 /3.86GHz. The RAM for this series is triple channel DDR3 1066 or 1333 ECC.

Typical systems are: Dell Precision T3500, T5500, T7500 and HP z400, z600, z800. An example:

Dell Precision T3500, Xeon W3680, 12GB Ram 1x 1Tb Disk Win 7 coa #B5-8 AU $ 430 or Offer

That is a particularly good one as it has the W3680 6-core @ 3.33 / 3.6Ghz and a Quadro 2000. For gaming you could sell the Quadro 2000 and find a used GTX 760 or 770.

The other approach is to find one of these system with a low end CPU and kangapoo GPU and disk for little money and upgrade. I have a Precision T3500 and T5500 and these cost originally US $ 53 and $171;

Dell Precision T3500:

Precision T3500 (2011) (Original) Xeon W3530 4-core @ 2.8 /3.06GHz > 4GB (2X 2GB) DDR3-1333 ECC > GeForce 9800 GT (1GB)> WD Black 500GB
[[Passmark system rating = 1963, CPU = 4482 / 2D= 609 / 3D=805 / Mem= 1409 / Disk=1048]

Revised: cost about $240:

Dell Precision T3500 (2011) (Rev 2) Xeon X5677 4-core @ 3.46 / 3.73GHz > 12GB (6X 2GB) DDR3-1333 ECC > Quadro 4000 (2GB) > PERC 6/i + Seagate 300GB 15K SAS ST3300657SS + WD Black 500GB > 525W PSU> Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > 2X Dell 19" LCD
[Passmark system rating = 2751, CPU = 7236 / 2D= 658 / 3D=2020 / Mem= 1875 / Disk=1221]

Dell Precision T5500

Dell Precision T5500 (2011) (Original): Xeon E5620 quad core @ 2.4 / 2.6 GHz > 6GB DDR3 ECC Reg 1333 > Quadro FX 580 (512MB) > Dell PERC 6/i SAS /SATA controller > Seagate Cheetah 15K 146GB and 300GB > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
[ Passmark system rating = 1479 / CPU = 4067 / 2D= 520 / 3D= 311 / Mem= 1473 / Disk= 1208]

Revised: Cost about $800

Dell Precision T5500 (2011) (Revised) > 2X Xeon X5680 (6-core @ 3.33 / 3.6GHz), 48GB DDR3 1333 ECC Reg. > Quadro K2200 (4GB ) > PERC H310 / Samsung 840 250GB / WD RE4 Enterprise 1TB > M-Audio 192 sound card > Logitech z313 > 875W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64> HP 2711x (27", 1920 X 1080)
[ Passmark system rating = 3844 / CPU = 15047 / 2D= 662 / 3D= 3550 / Mem= 1785 / Disk= 2649] (12.30.15)

The PERC H310 SAS /SATA RAID controller ( US $50) converts the disk to 6GB/s

The Dell Precision Tx5-- series were designed for workstation uses such as AutoCad and server-level reliability, were beautifully made and run quietly. The single-threaded performance of LGA1366 is moderate for games today, but changing the GPU to a GTX can cure it.

Goodaynowoorriesgoodonyacheers,

BambiBoom

HP z420 (2015) > Xeon E5-1660 v2 (6-core @ 3.7 / 4.0GHz) > 32GB DDR3 1866 ECC RAM > Quadro K4200 (4GB) > Intel 730 480GB (9SSDSC2BP480G4R5) > Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > 600W PSU> > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Logitech z2300 speakers > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440)>
[ Passmark Rating = 5064 > CPU= 13989 / 2D= 819 / 3D= 4596 / Mem= 2772 / Disk= 4555]


 

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