Just so you don't get caught out:-
1, FEA, in the professional version only works on parts, not assemblies and is very, very, basic.
2, FEA, in the premium version works on parts and assemblies, but not on pressure vessels, that's more money for another version!
3, FEA requires a fast processor unless you can wait hours for the results.
You can get away with a non certified graphics card, but it is hit and miss.
Also Solidworks support will blame the lack of a certified card for every problem you may encounter, believe me, I have been there!
I have used the Dell precision range since I first started in 2003 and never had a problem apart from weight.
Now I have the Dell precision 7710 which is light and very fast.
You could try on you current laptop to clean the fans out and re- paste the heat sink on.
It depends on your skill level.
ah, thankyou it was my mistake, i did mean premium, however its been a while since i had researched it.
I have now decided to bite the bullet and get a desktop with a quadro card in it, laptops are so expensive and atleast with a desktop i could potentially upgrade/replace in the future.
I can get a dell precision T620, configured so it comes with an i5-7500 (3.5ghz) with a quadro p600 and 8gb ram.
(This is pretty much the same as a 5000 series yet £600 cheaper which is confusing.)
I i can go elsewhere get the same spec machine but with a quadro 620k gpu. My question is is there any difference between these two cards, i've researched them and they look to be the same except the p series is newer.is this an important factor for solidworks or should i trust the old reliable k series more than the newer p series card?
I don't really know the newer Nvidia cards.
We had a problem with Nvidia cards and Solidworks quite a few years ago and switched to AMD's Firepro's which have worked perfectly.
I've had similar recent experience myself.
Matthew, you might even consider building your own. I just did that myself in early summer and I love the machine's performance, particularly putting eight threads at 4GHz to the task of rendering something for the price I ended up paying for everything. Was quite a bargain (specs are in my profile, though you'll likely not want to build a Windows 7 system as I did).
The all-in-one systems will likely not allow you to do much to correct graphics problems by inserting your own graphics card. That's one of the nice aspects about keeping a desktop around. The other is that adding an extra monitor is cheap and can really help productivity.
Intel Core i5-7500 (3.4GHz) Socket 1151 Quad-Core
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU Cooler
Gigabyte B250M-DS3H Socket 1151 MicroATX Motherboard
HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) Memory Kit
2400MHzDDR4 Non-ECC CL15 288-pin DIMM 1.2V
ADATA Ultimate SU800 (128GB) 2.5 inch SATA III Solid
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB (7200rpm) SATA 6Gb/s
64MB 3.5 inch Hard
CCL Choice 22x DVD+/-RW Drive
D-Link DWA-582 Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band PCIe Network
EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3 (650w) 80 Plus Gold Modular
ATX Power Supply
Cooler Master Silencio 352 Mid Tower Chassis Matte(Black)
CCL3OS - 3 year Onsite Warranty
PNY NVIDIA Quadro P600 - Graphics card - Quadro P600 - 2
GB GDDR5 - PCIe
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro - 64-Bit DVD (OEM)
similar to my specified box, though you have a quicker processor. I would consider building my own but time is not on my side and have no experience of computer parts at all. I think you're right about the all in one pc, it does limit the upgrades/alterations i can do in the future.
I will never go back to HDD for the main OS drive, SSD are definitely worth it.
An upgrade to 16GB of RAM is something you could consider later.
You may have seen it, principles of this post by Charles Culp are still relevant: March 2014 - Suggested Computer Specs