I'm in the process of building a workstation for use of both Solidworks and Ansys. I am student and not a power user at the moment, but have access to research licenses. These are the current specifications I have seen that are required for moderate to high use of both softwares. Most of the information I've found is found from these forums itself. I have a few questions about the specifications I have chosen as well as the working of these components together as one unit.
Specs I have chosen for now:
1. Intel i7 9th gen 8 core (8700k or 9700k) 3.5GHz - 4.4GHz : Since processor speed is important for both SW and ANSYS and since rendering is not very required for me. Should I go for unlock (Will I need it)? Then cooling complexity will also increase right?
2. 32gb ram : 8gb x 4 3200 MHz : I've read that more RAM reduces solving time in FLUENT. Also does more frequency in the RAM specification mean better performance? Should I go for 64? Increasing RAM is cheaper right comparatively? DDR4 or DDR3 ? What is Dimms in RAM, Is it important?
3. NVIDIA QUADRO P2200 8gb : Is there an 8gb version? Is 2200 enough for moderate to high use? Is it compatible with both SW and ANSYS?
4. 1TB nvme ssd & 2TB HDD : Is getting two 512gb ssd better? Also is it wise to go for a HDD as secondary storage?
5. Chipset : Is the Intel Z370 a good fit for mentioned specs? suggest a good motherboard please.
6. Cooling system : I've been told that a Corsair liquid cooling unit (H100I, 240mm) for around $150 is enough? Should I invest in a better one? If processor is not unlocked I believe this is enough.
7. Windows 10 Home or Pro?
8. Ports required?
USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports: (2)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A Port (1)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Port (1)
Intel 802.11ac Wifi + Bluetooth 4.2. ....placement of ports??
(1) HDMI Port (1) Display Port (1) Optical SPDIF port (2) Gigabit Ethernet port
Audio ports ?
I know these are not relevant to SW, but please help me out if you can.
If there is anything else to consider please tell me.
Thanks in advance.