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I'm helping build a Solidworks station for a friend and would just like a second opinion on what I picked out and possible changes to make it cheaper or better. Also if anyone has thoughts on some pre-builts that would be cheap that I could, say, upgrade the GPU or add some RAM in I am all ears and eyes
Also I should add this PC will never be overclocked; so there is no point in purchasing more expensive parts simple with overclocking in mind.

Thank you

The requirements are as follows:

  • Budget (Ballpark) $1000
  • One 22" Monitor 1080p - He already has one 22" monitor
  • Intel CPU
  • Nvidia Quadro GPU

Other requirements are general to a Solidworks PC build and there are no parts for reuse so everything will have to be purchased.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - H270M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.93 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P600 2GB Video Card ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($17.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($142.99 @ Best Buy)
Monitor: AOC - i2267Fw 22.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $991.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-14 10:52 EDT-0400


I also did find one pre-built so far that looks pretty good and I may get away with just a GPU for the time being for him.

Asus - VivoPC M32CD Desktop


Thank you for all your opinions, your consideration and your time

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I run solid works of a Dell Optiplex 755 that I bought on eBay for $25. Added a quad core CPU (Q9400) and 8 gigs of memory. Added dual 19" Samsung monitors and the whole cost was less that $200.

For any 3D CAD program you want two monitors, one to draw on and one for tools.


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As @billbartuska mentioned, I would also vote for a slightly used or refurbished OEM workstation. I have seen very solid 2-3 year old Dell Precision T series workstations with Quadro 2000 cards at very affordable prices on eBay and Craigslist.
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