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New Dell Computer

Question asked by Tara Campese on Sep 2, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 16, 2010 by Brent Racine

So I know there are tons of posts about this, but I've been searching all day and haven't found an answer to my question.  My company is getting a new workstation for me.  I have been told to search Dell Small Business for one that fits my needs.  I do a lot of work with large assemblies (200+ parts with many facets), some CosmosWorks Analysis (we're currently still on SolidWorks 2007, but will be getting 2010 when I get my new computer), and PhotoWorks Rendering.  I use a dual monitor setup (I read that some video cards do not work well with this).  I do not need a new monitor.


I'm planning on getting 8GB-16GB of RAM (any suggestions on how much?)


My main question is about the processor and the video card.  I have my choices narrowed down to 2 Dell computers.  Here are the basic options (any input on improvements would be welcome also):


Studio XPS 9000
Studio XPS 8100
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor(8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
OSGenuine  Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, EnglishGenuine  Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Optical Drive16X DVD+/-RW Drive16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Memory8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM2 at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM2 at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs
Hard Drive750GB 7200 RPM3 SATA Hard Drive1TB4 - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB  Cache
Video CardnVidia® GeForce® 310 512M GDDR3ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5


I also can't find either video card on the Solidworks System Requirements Certified Graphics Card page.


Any help would be greatly appreciated