3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 6, 2017 3:13 PM by Andy Sanders

    Should I Upgrade my Computer?

    Logan Atkins

      I'm contemplating an upgrade and i was curious of what you guys think of my computer specs. Do you think i would benefit from a newer system? I mostly work with large multi-sheet drawings, assemblies with ~1000 parts, and do assembly fea (usually static studies with some contacts and transient thermal studies with 100-500 parts). Overall i am just wanting to reduce wait times and improve the mesh accuracy during fea.


      My current computer specs:


      Model: Precision T3500

      Hard Drive:  wd3000hlfs

      Processor: Xeon W3530 @ 2.8GHz

      RAM: 10Gb total, DDR3-5x2Gb, 2 sticks are M391B5773CH0-CH9 1333MHz, 1 stick is 18JSF25672AY-1G4D1 1333MHz, and the other 2 sticks are CT25664BA160B 1600Mhz

      GPU: quadro 4000 (which is an upgrade i had to request, old card was quadro FX 4500)



      what i'm currently looking at:


      Model: Precision Mini Tower

      Hard Drive: M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

      Processor: i7-6700k @ 4Ghz

      RAM: 16GB (2X8GB) 2400MHz DDR4

      GPU: keeping the quadro 4000



        • Re: Should I Upgrade my Computer?
          Craig Schultz

          Between the faster processor and SSD, you'll see a big improvement.  Get as much RAM as you can afford.

          • Re: Should I Upgrade my Computer?
            Jeff Mowry

            I recently built my own system, keeping the graphics card from my old one.  Very similar specifications, but with not having to purchase a new graphics card (FirePro W5100) the rebuild cost only $1,300 or so.  Premium stuff, too, including two Samsung 500GB SSDs (I think I already had one of those on hand), excellent power supply, and an 8-core 4GHz chip.  I was also able to stick with Windows 7 Pro instead of pushing into Windows 10 (I'd like to delay that jump as long as I can for many, many reasons) with the hardware I chose.


            Rendering, for instance, is about twice as fast as with my older T5500 Dell with six cores.  Really amazing.

            • Re: Should I Upgrade my Computer?
              Andy Sanders

              An SSD was one of the biggest upgrades we ever made, followed closely by going from 8 gig of ram to 16.


              I have to do the installs at our company for all CAD and edrawings (shop/sales) pcs.  I'd kill for them to install a small SSD on all the machines without one...