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Looking for a new computer

Question asked by Mike Lambert on Apr 15, 2009
Latest reply on Apr 20, 2009 by Gary Garrison
I have been reading through the posts on recommended setups and computers and I think I am more confused than when I started. Management has approved us to buy a new computer that will be used primarily for Solidworks.

Management wants to use Dell, so for now I'm stuck with only Dell's. It needs to be a 64-bit system and other than that it just needs to be fast.

I've noticed that the XPS's have the Core i7, is that my best choice? The Precision workstations don't offer this yet. Is this better than the Xeon's?

What is the best setup for hard drives and RAID? We work on our models locally but then the files are saved on the server every night.

We primarliy do mold and pattern design so we use a lot of Split, Indent, and other commands that seem to really push Solidworks.

Any input would be appreciated. In the meantime I'm going to keep reading and see what I can find.