- Computer selected from Workstation class computers
- 16 GB RAM
- More than 1 processor core
- Solidworks compatible video card (google it)
- SSD hard drive
This is the minimum, get more if the boss will pay for more--especially with respect to processor speed.
I just put together a sweet budget system, and this mimics my configuration pretty closely. I picked up a Quadro 400 for $80 off eBay. It's not top of the line, but it gets the job done well for medium sized assemblies, especially with 16GB RAM.
I don't think Jared can pick his processor, but an Intel Core i5 4690 is a good price/performance sweet spot if you want to spend less than a Core i7.
this is where you will start, select your machine to see the graphics card then go to ebay search the machine you like from that you will see all the specs of the machine and have an idea of how much the cost of the machine
I recommend thinkpad p50/p70 and dell precision 7710/7510
If for small to meduim assembly i recommend giong to Firepro W5170M or Quadro M1000M/M2000M
for large assembly W7170M or Quadro M4000M
Using rendering that much go to Quadro M5000M
(hint:) if your machine will just sit in your office i reccommend desktop workstation since that machine can be easily upgraded when needed some horsepower (especially upgrading GPU)
I got a Dell Precision workstation.
I now have experience in purchasing the correct set-up for a awesome and fully functioning CAD machine
thanks again all!!!