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New workstation specs, what should I upgrade (if anything)

Question asked by Robert Wicks on Jan 27, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 18, 2019 by Richard Gergely

Our assemblies top out around 5,000 parts, most are much smaller.  I do occasional FEA, but it's not every day, or even every month.


Using 2010 premium and here is a workstation some local guys have quoted for me:


Cpu          Intel E8500 3.16 Ghz LGA775 Core2 Duo 1333 Mhz

Memory     2.0GB DDR2 PC 5300 667 Mhz

Hard Dr     7200 RPM SATA

OS          XP Pro

Video     Quadro FX 580   


It's quite affordable, but it kind of looks like minimum requirements to me.  Have room to spend a little more if necissary.


Opinions appreciated.