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Budget Solidwork Workstation Build

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This build is for a friend who uses Solidwork. Hes upgrading from some old Toshiba laptop and has a 800$ budget. He has a monitor, and Windows 7. This build came to 817.90$ shipped. This is what I came up with, feedback would be greatly appreciated ASAP!
post #2 of 5
Isn't Solidworks a program which can use multi cores well?

If so wouldn't AMD offer better value?
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i5 4690k MSI Z97 MPOWER EVGA Gtx 970 SC Kingston Hyper X 
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My Rig
(14 items)
 
Childrens Rig
(13 items)
 
HTPC
(17 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4690k MSI Z97 MPOWER EVGA Gtx 970 SC Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel SSD 120Gb WD 750Gb 2.5" 380A, 2x D5's + Phobya 240mm rad Win 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ 24" GL2460 G19 Silerstone Gold 850W Bitfenix Shinobi XL 
MouseAudio
G700 Asus Xonar STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 955 Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 Asus GTS 450 G.Skill 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital 2 Tb green Western Digital 2 Tb Green Seagate 1Tb Western Digital 1Tb Green 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung Blu-ray Burner Win7 Ultimate Samsung 55" LED TV Logitech mx5500 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
seasonic 430w Antec Two Hundred Case v2 Logitech M-RCL 124 Couch 
Audio
7.1 Surround Sound 
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post #3 of 5
Jaimbi- This has been talked to death over on the Solidworks forums. There's a good thread over there from power users. I've built about 3 machines recently for Solidworks myself and tested and benchmarked everything. Processor frequency is king, the higher the better. So is memory bandwidth and cache.

#1, for Solidworks, AMD can't post performance anywhere close to Intel, so don't even waste your time there. It all depends on what version Solidworks your friend is going to use, 2012 and older, multi-core isn't as important. 2013 and newer and multi-core is very important.

As far as your system above, you'd be doing your friend a disservice by going with anything less than a i5-3570k for the same money, find a Microcenter. Get a good water cooler and overclock to at least 4.2 Ghz. GET AN SSD.

Now, if you want to really help your friend and future proof the money he's going to spend now, look into an i7-3820 and a socket 2011 mobo. Yes, it is more expensive up front by about $100. However, you can drop a six-core 3930 any time as his demands require and sell off the 3820. In 2014, he'll be able to drop an 8 core Ivy Bridge-E into the socket as well. So the system will have good longevity. And for an Engineering app like Solidworks, you'll want scalability.

The last couple of considerations: Solidworks will load hardware unlike any game. Unless it is dead stable, BSOD is common place. Solidworks is unforgiving, so make sure it is all very stable.

If this is all too much specificity, feel free to PM me, I have some Solidworks workstations sitting around that I've just built and stabilized that I'm willing to part with.
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do you need a good graphics card for solid works or is primarily CPU/mem?
post #5 of 5
You need a "workstation" card such as a Quadro or Firepro in order to get Solidworks to render/display certain effects and shadows. Gamer cards won't cut it. With 3D modelling, geometric accuracy and representation is most important, so you need a good card. IGPU's won't cut it at all.
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