I have just bought my first licence, which will be Solidworks 2021 (Professional, not Premium). I do modelling, surfacing and assemblies (not huge) mostly. I also do some rendering but that is not my job.
I have the chance to buy a PC, for a good price, but it has a processor 3.0 GHz speed (no boost) whereas the Solidworks hardware page says it should be 3.3 GHz at least.
The rest of the specification of that PC meets the Solidworks recommendation:
Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower Gen 2 Workstation Desktop PC
Intel Core i7-9700
DVDRW NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB
Windows 10 Pro
So I am wondering if anybody has loaded 2021 on the old hardware for previous versions and checked if the software struggled on it.
I wonder of people who get the new versions of Solidworks have to replace the hardware or whether the hardware can cope with 1, 2 or 3 new versions.