We are looking to purchase new workstations for Solidworks installs and I figured I could ask a few questions on the forum to see what others think or how they would proceed. I am looking into parts as I see that is important but we believe we use less then 500 parts
We are looking at a Dell 5810 workstation with 16gig of ram and a Single Nvidia M2000 (4GB) card. The card is not the highest but not lowest. We do rendering which brings up my first question.
I know that cores are important when it comes to Rendering and we use the standard 360 render engine that comes with Solidwork (2016/20107) the newer Rendering engine which is visual does not work for us yet. We are looking at 6 cores which has a good price if we go any higher the price jumps quite a bit but something that I noticed is that some people appear to be using the i7 processor instead of the Xeon processor. Is there a significance difference between the two? Is one better then the other?
I am looking at a 360GB solid-state drive for the C drive and a 1TB drive for files and such. This should give boot up a little boost and file access a greater boost.
Any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreciated