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|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)||Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor(8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)|
|OS||Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English||Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English|
|Optical Drive||16X DVD+/-RW Drive||16X DVD+/-RW Drive|
|Memory||8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM2 at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs||8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM2 at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs|
|Hard Drive||750GB 7200 RPM3 SATA Hard Drive||1TB4 - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache|
|Video Card||nVidia® GeForce® 310 512M GDDR3||ATI 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