8 Replies Latest reply on Feb 6, 2017 4:25 PM by Charles Isaac-Samuel

    i5 vs i7 (& other hardware considerations)

    Colton Moore

      I am going to build a PC for someone to use with SOLIDWORKS, other CAD/rendering programs and some gaming.

      Simulations are very important to him.

      I need to know if hyper-threading is helpful in SOLIDWORKS (especially in simulations) and if so, how much.

      The budget is tight enough that using an i7 would mean taking away ~$150 GPU and RAM.

       

       

      Bonus:

      How does the AMD fx-8xxx series fare? Are they worth considering for SOLIDWORKS?

       

      Double Bonus:

      This PC is going to be used at home for SOLIDWORKS classwork. I was intending to use a Nvidia GTX card (probably a 1060), this means no ECC/buffering. Is ECC/buffering worth having, even if the system RAM is unbuffered/non-ECC?

       

      Triple Bonus:

      Are AMD GPUs worth considering, do they perform well in SOLIDWORKS? Supposedly they perform significantly better in OpenGL. I generally prefer Nvidia (I've used lots of both). It always seemed to me that Nvidia/CUDA was more common and is nearly a defacto industry standard (am I wrong?). I believe the use of other renderers might be a big deal and many of them are CUDA exclusive so for AMD to be worth it it would have to be a very big price and/or performance advantage.

       

      Extreme Bonus:

      Do SSDs speed up render/sim times?

      Is 32Gb of RAM going to be a big performance boost from 16?

      Is 1440p worth it? (It was a big improvement over 1080 for me in various programs like AutoCAD/3dsMax/Cinema4d)

       

      Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to the program and forums myself so I'm still figuring things out.

       

      Trying to keep the budget around $800-900 so well see what changes.

      Likely build:

      6600(k?) or 6700(k?)

      16gb RAM

      GTX 1060 6GB

      2TB or 3TB Hitachi