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You will need 1GB of ram minimum, but that little RAM may be painful. I strongly suggest 2GB (which is how much I have), and 4GB is even better. You will also need a certified video card: http://www.solidworks.com/page.../VideoCardTesting.html
The rest of the options are all tradeoffs. A fast proccessor is the most important part, read one of the other threads for suggestions if you want to purchase a new system, there are plenty of those threads.
I wonder that no one had any issues moving to SW2008.
Please post any of your succeses or pains.
Any inputs will be much appreciated.
Moving from SW2006 to SW2008 my RAM usage went up 300-500MB. Overall SW is somewhat slower not to bad for the work I do. If I turn on RealView there is a performance hit.
As far as SW stability, SW2008 seems to have better 64bit support then SW2006sp4.0 did. With SW2008sp2.1 I have very little trouble with it crashing. SW on my computer does seem to have a memory leak/management problem. When it crashes it's usually something that requires a lot of memory or SW has been running continuously for a week or two.
There are a few other querks, but it sounds like most of them should be worked out in SP3.0.
I haven't actually switched to 2008 but one of the other engineers has been playing with it. Our parts are fairly complex, so we need to use the 3GB switch with 4 GB of RAM to work with our final assembly. Craig didn't have any problem in 2008 until he tried using RealView on the final assembly. SW crashes and he hasn't worked out how to get it to survive.