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New System dilemma - Xeon Vs Core i7

Question asked by Shawn Tracey on Oct 5, 2009
Latest reply on Jan 5, 2010 by David Paulson

Hi,

 

I'm looking into getting new workstations and need some help.  I typically work in large assemblies with roughly 2000 components.

 

The major specs for the system are:

 

Processor: either Quad-Core Xeon W3550 or Core i7 950 both @ 3.06GHz

 

RAM: 12Gb at 1333MHz

 

OS: Windows 7 - 64bit

 

Video Card: either Quadro FX3800 or FX4800

 

Question:  Is there any major difference between the two processors? (Core i7 seems to be the one more frequently mentioned on the forums) And would the FX4800 video card be overkill for large assemblies around 2000 components?

 

Any and all suggestions/comments are appreciated, thanks.

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