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Processor selection help

Question asked by Chris Sargent on Nov 6, 2013
Latest reply on May 27, 2015 by Chris Sargent

I am configuring a Dell T5600 workstation for work and I am having problems deciding which processor to use.  There are a lot of options.  I personally like the Xeon E5-2643 quad core 3.3 Ghz 10M 8GT/s because it is my understanding that Solidworks will make better use of a faster single core than trying to distribute processing across multiple slower cores.  Please correct if I am wrong.  While this may not be the best processor but at the price I think it is a good value.  I am open to any recommendations. My only limiting factor due to work is I have to use Dell.  Thanks.

 

Link to Dell config:  http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=swct563&model_id=precision-t5600&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04

 

Possible system config:

--Xeon E5-2643 quad core 3.3 Ghz 10M 8GT/s (Still deciding which processor to use.)

--32 GB memory (We deal with a lot of very large assemblies with 100's to 1000's of parts and sub assemblies)

--Dual AMD FirePro W5000 2 GB (This is the only AMD option. Per the 2013 video card comparo I am leaning towards AMD cards:  https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/64436)

--256 GB Solid State Drive

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