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Machines need to last next 5 years

Question asked by 1-9235V8 on Aug 16, 2007
Latest reply on Jul 4, 2008 by Matt McKendrick
We are just getting to a large scale usage of SolidWorks even though it was supposedly started 2 years ago over the last 3 months we have added network seats to 6 machines and purchased 3 new licenses. The machines we currently have are old Dell GX240 - GX280. Now that we are having lots of issues because people are actually using SW instead of just AutoCAD we are specing engineering machines different from the office systems. Our replacement plan is new systems every 5 years.

We are involved in manufacturing industrial construction parts for many diffrent uses from wire hangers to re-bar couplers. For the most part we do sheet metal parts but becuase we have a lot of products we also do plastic parts, molds, special machines, and although it is done in AutoCAD currently we do lightening protection systems. What we will be doing over the next 5 years isn't even sure. We think we have some systems that will last us through but I want to get some input if there is anything that stands out as being overkill or more important, under powered.

Desktop:
IBM M50 Pro
Intel E6600 (2.4GHz)
2GB DDR2 (2DIMMs 4slots available)
Nvidia FX 3500
XP pro (should we go with 64 bit?)

Laptop:
Thinkpad T61P 15.4" WUXGA display
T7700 (2.4GHz)
2GB ram (4GB max)
NVidia FX570M
XP pro (Should we go with 64 Bit?)

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