What’s the best Workstation PC build for CAD in 2024?

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High-end Intel 3D Render PC build

Intel High-End CAD PC Build

Choose this build if you want a high-end CAD PC based on the Intel platform. All parts are vetted for compatibility.

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Alternative High-End Hardware – Intel CAD PC Build

PARTBRAND/MODEL
Processor Options
(Must be paired with LGA 2066 motherboard)
Intel Core i9-10900X
Intel Core i9-7940X
Intel Core i9-7920X
Intel Core i9-9820X
Graphics Card OptionsQuadro RTX 5000
NVIDIA Titan RTX
NVIDIA Quadro P6000
Quadro RTX 6000
Radeon Pro WX 9100
Storage Drive OptionsSeagate Barracuda 3TB
Seagate BarraCuda 8TB 
Boot Drive OptionsSabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 2TB – M.2 NVMe
XPG Pro 2TB 3D NAND NVMe
WD Blue 1TB NVMe
Memory OptionsCorsair Vengeance LPX 64GB
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB
CPU Cooler OptionNZXT Kraken X53
DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX WH, RGB AIO 
Power Supply OptionsPower Supply 850 Watts 80 Plus Gold
Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 

EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Rosewill Gaming 80 Plus Bronze 1000W PSU
1200W 80 Plus Platinum Modular PSU 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold 
Motherboard OptionsASUS Prime X299-Deluxe II X299 LGA 2066
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme
ASUS ROG Strix X299-E
Keyboard/Mouse OptionsHavit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo
Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
AmazonBasics USB Wired Computer Keyboard Mouse
Case OptionsdarkFlash Darwin Black ATX Mid-Tower
MSI Premium Mid-Tower PC Case
Cooler Master MasterCase ATX Mid-Tower
MSI MPG 500P Full Tower
Thermaltake Commander C36
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
Display OptionsBenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor
ViewSonic VP2771 Professional 27″
Philips Brilliance 27″ Monitor, 4K UHD IPS, 122% sRGB,
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers
LG 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10
LG 34″21:9 Curved UltraWide WQHD IPS sRGB 99%
EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 27″
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor Photo Editing IPS
EIZO ColorEdge Professional Graphics Monitor
LG 27″ 5K IPS LED Monitor
ViewSonic 34″ UWQ 14-bit 3D LUT & Color Calibration

Most important Components for the best CAD Workstation build

PROCESSOR

Your processor must be powerful enough to handle the complex 2D or 3D models inside your CAD software. Getting a Core i3 or Core i5 processor is not recommended, even though your software will still run. But in terms of performance, you will be severely limited.

It is recommended to go for the Intel i7/i9 line of processors for CAD, or, if money isn’t an issue and you want to run simulations too, then go for a Threadripper chip. We’ve put together a Threadripper build you should consider. The AMD Threadripper series offers massive performance in multi-threaded rendering, and they’re a good option to future-proof your workstation.

RAM

You’re going to need large amounts of RAM for the best performance. For budget builds, you should go for at least 8GB, but you are going to have performance issues if you are handling large models. It is recommended to go for 16GB and above, for the best performance.

GRAPHICS CARD

When it comes to choosing a graphics card for your CAD PC, it is quite tempting to go for a gaming graphics card, probably because of the cheaper prices. The problem is that gaming cards are not engineered specifically to run CAD software. Gaming cards specialize in drawing high-frame-rate game graphics, but their performance is limited when it comes to handling CAD software. It is recommended to go for an Nvidia Quadro or an AMD Radeon Pro GPU for CAD, though GTX 1080 will still perform ok. But, if you are serious about CAD, by all means, go for a Quadro or a Radeon Pro GPU.

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