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So my friend came to me asking what would be a good computer for SolidWorks. Since i don't use any rendering software, i'm kinda in the dark about what's good and what isn't.

I can already assume that SolidWorks will eat up CPU power and ram, but that's pretty much all i know. So i'm asking what would be a good setup for the computer? I've heard that SolidWorks supports cuda, but would that mean it can work with regular GPUs or just workstation cards?

I'm also assuming that my friend will be using the latest SolidWorks.

So here are the requirements:
  • As simple as possible
  • Probably sub $2000 shipped
  • needs case (i'm looking at a CM90 II)
  • needs OS


Thanks for any and all help guys!
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get a good CPU HT would help or amd 6 cores, I run altium and solidworks + some engineering junk only uses 5gb of ram.

unless he is do solidworks for living, which then i would assume he would know what kind of GPU to get. Just get a mid range like 5770 or 6850 range should be good enough, since most of the work is done with your CPU.
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@ Work we use Solidworks 2010 and Catia V5.
Our larger full aircraft models eat up 8GB+ of ram but I highly doubt your friend will see a file of that size. Many of our PC's are E8400 + Quadro 4700 and 4gb ram. The engineering who get into the larger models have "better" pc's.. Quads + 8gb/16gb ram.

Does your friend GAME or strictly 3d model>?

I would suggest:
i7 2600k + P67 mobo of choice.
8gb Ram 1600MHz or 2000MHz.
128GB+ SSD C300 perhaps.. I love mine.
Case... well... what does he like? I suggest airflow over looks..

*We use Quadro FX4700 work station cards, however I have SW installed on my pc listed below and have not had any issues what so ever. I think you would be fine with a mid range GPU, strech for a GTX 570 maybe..
Popular affordable card Quadro FX 1800 768MB

From what I understand the Workstation cards vs Gaming cards the big difference is the Drivers.

$2k is a pretty nice budget for any build really.. Considering what you get with a Sandy Bridge cpu now. *yes I still recommend SB even with the SATA issues..
Sata lll and no problems...


From Javelin Tech
Quote:
What type of video card do you recommend?
Although SolidWorks is designed to work with any generic graphics card that supports Windows
(desirable resolution would be 1024x768 or higher with 32K colors or more), a graphics card with
hardware OpenGL acceleration will provide improved performance, especially in 3D model viewing
(repaints, spins, zooms and pans). Detailed info on video card support and testing is available at:
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support...rdtesting.html
Video cards designed for “gaming” or multi-media applications do NOT offer maximum performance for
SolidWorks and other 3D CAD applications. Game/multi-media cards are optimized for a low number of
polygons displayed on the screen, and a high frame rate. CAD applications have essentially the
opposite requirement, polygon count is high (all the details in your design model) and the image does
not change rapidly, so high frame rates are not as critical.

Edited by svntwoo - 2/1/11 at 7:42pm
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solid work 2011 supports gpu rendering

ive built 12 with i7 760 with 8 gigs of ram and with gtx 460's for RPS
Edited by whe3ls - 2/1/11 at 7:41pm
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solid work 2011 supports gpu rendering

ive built 12 with i7 760 with 8 gigs of ram and with gtx 460's for RPS
u mean i5 760?
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u mean i5 760?
yes, they love them
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alright, thank you guys for the input. i'll pass the info along to my friend.
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In my work PC I have a Xeon quad core, 8gigs of ram and a Quatro GPU.
TRUST ME, you want a Quatro GPU and not a "gamer" card.
Depending on how big his models are he might want 8gigs of ram. Ive maxxed mine out many times before.
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Originally Posted by svntwoo View Post
@ Work we use Solidworks 2010 and Catia V5.
Our larger full aircraft models eat up 8GB+ of ram but I highly doubt your friend will see a file of that size. Many of our PC's are E8400 + Quadro 4700 and 4gb ram. The engineering who get into the larger models have "better" pc's.. Quads + 8gb/16gb ram.

Does your friend GAME or strictly 3d model>?

I would suggest:
i7 2600k + P67 mobo of choice.
8gb Ram 1600MHz or 2000MHz.
128GB+ SSD C300 perhaps.. I love mine.
Case... well... what does he like? I suggest airflow over looks..

*We use Quadro FX4700 work station cards, however I have SW installed on my pc listed below and have not had any issues what so ever. I think you would be fine with a mid range GPU, strech for a GTX 570 maybe..
Popular affordable card Quadro FX 1800 768MB

From what I understand the Workstation cards vs Gaming cards the big difference is the Drivers.

$2k is a pretty nice budget for any build really.. Considering what you get with a Sandy Bridge cpu now. *yes I still recommend SB even with the SATA issues..
Sata lll and no problems...


From Javelin Tech
yea that is what i'm afraid of quadros lol, that is why i said if they do it for a living then they should not be asking what GPU to get xD

Quadro hurts my wallet ><

but like our school computer can even handle Solidworks with onboard graphic card and duo core, just a lot slower then mine xD
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I only have an FX570 in my work PC and it crunches at SW just fine. Its a entry level quatro card.
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