If I go with a AMD APU (GPU and CPU in 1) like the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri, that has Radeon R7 graphics chip built into it, do I have the same performance as having a devoted R7 GPU? Looking to maximize budget, if they are exactly the same, I'll take the money that was going towards the separate graphic card, and buy more RAM (2 build examples linked below)
I've been building systems on the side to help friends/family for about 10 years now. I do a few a year. Wife's friend is dual engineering and design major a few years into her program. She wants something that could run CAD as well as adobe suite. I think she currently had a pretty pricey PowerMac, but I'm not sure. Oh, and she wanted it in a mATX "cube type case". Here are 2 build lists of parts, budget is $600ish and she has the monitor.
Build 1 - Devoted GPU and 16GB Ram
Build 2 - APU and 32GB Ram