I am about to buy a new computer and it is coming out of my pocket so price/performance ratio is driving my decisions. I would appreciate your help with links, tips, and answers.
There are many threads relating to computer specs, but as fast as technology changes those can be obsolete pretty quickly so I am asking for your help. I have reviewed the hardware recommendations on the SWX website and read the recent threads in the forum on this subject.
My application is SWX Standard. I do not need to do any rendering, just modeling of parts and assemblies for mechanisms.
I am looking for a desktop unit only, no monitors.
1. What is the difference between a regular desktop unit and a workstation?
2. CPU: Speed rules for SWX. I am looking at i7 rather than Xeon as I believe it is a better $/perf. Four cores is plenty for my needs, but if a faster processor at a good price has more cores that is okay.
==> Can someone share a link comparing the current price vs. performance of the CPU's?
3. GPU: NVIDIA Quadro cards are the only real choice. I am surprised to find only high end cards on the NVIDIA website with the lowest price being $899 for a P4000. They have a solution guide that recommends a P2000 for SWX, but they don't even have a P2000 listed on their site! I'd like to get the best card for my money at less than $450.
==> Can someone share a link comparing the current price vs. performance of the GPU's?
4. RAM: I'm shooting for 16-32GB, but do not know what type and what difference exists between the different types.
5. Storage: I am expecting to settle on a solid state drive (SSD) in the range of 750GB-1TB, but am looking for recommendations and advice.
6. Source: I have been looking at Dell, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Since a lot of the units they sell do not have Quadro cards I am expecting to buy the GPU separately and adding it into the box.
I recall seeing charts of price vs. performance for CPU's and GPU's, perhaps in CADalyst or in Desktop Engineering, but a quick search before writing this thread did not find them in all the clutter. I would really appreciate any help/advice you can provide.
Thanks in advance!
- - -Dennis