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post #11 of 15
For example:

barebone case $1500 - comes with motherboard, redundant power supplies and lots of fans.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-282-_-Product
2*E5645 = $1200
6*4gb ecc memory $660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139547
WD RE4 drives $60 each, 5 would give you 1GB in raid 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-797-_-Product

Total:
$3600 + whatever workstation gpu you want

Change to SSDs for more $$$ if you want

If you want to use a real raid card rather than the onboard (not sure what that mobo uses) consider
cheaper option: $370
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-107-_-Product
+ battery backup $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-118-_-Product
or a more expensive $880
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-075-_-Product
+ battery backup (can't find the link but a similar price)

The real raid cards will give you better performance on raid 5 and also open up things like raid 6/50/60 depending on your needs.

I think the most important thing to find out is what really drives solidworks performance, is it threads, cpu clock frequency, gpu, ram, hard drive speed etc? Then you can work out how to spend the money from there.
Edited by stren - 4/8/11 at 4:19pm
     
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so if I go for one CPU, should i get a Sandy Bridge based Xeon, or stick with a Westmere Xeon?
I could be wrong because I haven't really had more than a cursory glance at the news on these, but they seem like just the xeon equivalent of the regular desktop sandy bridge, I imagine they just give you ECC support. So yes they're not bad if you want a single cpu system but I don't think they've released dual cpu sandy bridge xeon's yet. Like I said I could be wrong though
     
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Originally Posted by stren View Post
I think the most important thing to find out is what really drives solidworks performance, is it threads, cpu clock frequency, gpu, ram, hard drive speed etc? Then you can work out how to spend the money from there.
i'd say it's GPU first and then number of threads that will bear the most weight here.

i'm leaning towards the Quadro 5000, and then a Westmere based six-core with 12 GB of memory.
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i'd say it's GPU first and then number of threads that will bear the most weight here.

i'm leaning towards the Quadro 5000, and then a Westmere based six-core with 12 GB of memory.
Cool. The nice thing about the dual cpu systems are that you can always just fit one cpu and add another later if needed. The E5645 is really nice for the price, I have one in a server I built last month and it's handling a bunch of VM's just fine.
     
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