Originally Posted by u3b3rg33k
Your sig-rig is your work computer? Nice. Who paid for the water?
When I first started my job I was using a Dell Vostro 420 that had a 2.5 ghz Core 2 Quad, 32 bit operating system w/ 8 gigs of ram
, and a 8800GT. Needless to say, I had many problems running SolidWorks and any other program at the same time. The machine barely could handle SolidWorks alone. I need to have 3-5 different demanding programs open at any given time. After losing a lot of work due to crashes when trying to save, my company decided to let me get a new computer. I then convinced them that I would be able to get a whole lot more computer for the same price as some Dell workstation. They gave me a $3k budget, I think it all came in about $3200 w/ the new operating system.
Now I can fold 24/7, run Solidworks and pretty much any other program I want. I do max out my 8 gigs of ram pretty often though. But to move up to 16 gigs of ram, I need to lower my O.C. to about 4.2ghz as I couldn't ever get it any higher.
I do have my VM allowed to use up to 4 gigs of ram, is that overkill? Should I drop it down some? Right now with Chrome, Outlook, VM Player, Solidworks (4 files open), Spotify, (2) Explorer windows and Real Temp running, I use 6.6 gigs of ram. At idle my system used around 1.5 gigs w/ no programs open.Edited by Awkwardly Awesome - 10/24/11 at 7:55am