First Off, you really need to include SSD drive in your build, even just a 128 Gig for the OS would be one of the cheapest way to have a responsive computer. And yes it will help for simulation to have an SSD.
For the Ram since you are on a budget start with 16 gig and upgrade later when needed.
1440p is great but I would put the money elsewhere since HD monitor's are still pretty decent.
Sorry I don't have much knowledge over your other questions.
These should be helpful:
Hyper-threading is not helpful.
I have a water-cooled FX-8350 and nVidia 1060 in my home desktop and it runs everything I've thrown at it (SWX, 18 hour long computation in Mathematica, Doom at 120FPS). I have an i7-6700K is my work computer and nVidia M4000. If you want budget, the AMD FX is going to save you some money, however it is a less efficient CPU than the i5 or i7. This means more heat (not with water-cooling) in the tower and more energy usage. I would recommend an Intel over AMD as they are the newer chip right now, however AMD is scheduled to release their Zen chips in October.
You don't need ECC, as using an E series CPU is going to limit performance.
AMD GPU's are comparable to nVidia. Get the one you can buy for the lowest price at the time (480RX vs 1060). AMD is significantly better (15-20%) in the Vulkan API but it's not used extensively yet. And when it is, it will be mostly in games. Doom would be the only true example of Vulkan at the moment. nVidia has something like 90% of the market share so yes, it is the defacto standard.
You 100% need a SSD. Even if it's 120GB it will vastly improve load and boot times.
16 GB RAM is plenty.
1440p isn't worth the money in my opinion.
Hope that helps!
I was just at a User Group meeting and this was discussed in detail by a Solidworks Tech Manager. He said SolidWorks is not completely set up to take advantage of multithreaded processing with the notable exception of SIMULATION add-ins. So for normal SolidWorks modeling, the key is processor clock speed and of course the best graphics card you can afford. If you are doing a lot of analysis, then the multicore processors are the way to go. He also said that SSD's are the biggest single improvement you can make to any PC with Solidworks.
Turn hyperthreading off, it will speed up solves and with today's processor speeds you won't notice the impact to most all other applications.
SSHD - required.
RAM - DDR4
video RAM - DDR5
Make sure your video card is 'approved'.
Set swapspace to zero to utilize the RAM more.
Good luck with that budget - it's about an order of magnitude low if you are doing 'heavy' FEA lifting.
What do you mean by "Set swapspace to zero" I'm having some troubles with my RAM and I would like to know if it can help me.
Windows will calculate what it thinks the swapspace should be. This is a file on your hard drive (primary by default) that the application will use to store data to be calculated. This read/write time is useless and even detrimental if you have sufficient memory to run the program completely in RAM. You will notice in Task Manager, under the Performance tab, how much of your RAM is actually being utilized.
Hi there friend,
I think you are referring to a Pagefile. Saying swap-space seems to be a slang term.
Anyway, James is correct, your PC will utilize RAM to use your programs instead of a combination of RAM and Pagefile. This may give you some boost, but may have drawbacks. Here is an older article talking about that.
Here's a litte about settings used for SSD's. https://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-ssd-tweaks-for-windows-7/552.html
Anyway, I like the build you put together up there! looks good.