I am building a computer system. I am having some trouble on deciding a processor. I am in between a Intel i3 and an intel core2 quad. which would best fit SolidWorks? Thank you in advance.
Randy, are you sure about this ? Solidworks needs more computing grunt than that. Look into Core i7 if your thinking of a new workstation build. I built one almost 6 months back and can say they really are a great processor. I run a Dell T5400 with a hi-spec Xeon at work and even that doesnt keep up with the i7. The chip has been around for a while now, so I'm sure you can find some decent pricing if this is a major consideration.
You can build a system with an i3 or core 2 quad, but the question is which i3 and core 2 quad do you have in mind?
David is correct that you will get much better performance with an i7, but this depends on your budget and what you need Solidworks to do for you. There are some people who have put together very good budget systems with i5 processors.
you can build a mighty nice inexpensive computer, dual core cpu with mother boards can be found for $100, recycle your old case/PS/HD
should work fine for SW if you refrain from surfing Facebook for someone to stalk, playing games, bidding on ebay, reading the newspaper, ... while you work
What are your plans for your SolidWorks computer. Just casual SW use or hard core use in a production engineering environment?
For casual use with small assemblies, a Core 2 Quad or a Core i3 may be fine. Will not be a speed demon at all. If this is for real work, day in, day out, get yourself a Core i7 system.
Check out my performance benchmarks on my blog at www.solidmuse.com Look in the right sidebar. I have Google spreadsheets with results including the hardware people are using.
The more Ghz with the most modern cpu architecture is what you want for SW performance.
Thank you all for your replies. Sorry I am just getting back to the post I have been out of town briefly. I will be using the system to make large assembly files also running the simulation feature or mostly know as Cosmo works what my work calls it. So I need something that will handle a good bit of use and some times a lot of over clocking. I was thinking the i7 but they can run in to some money. the i3 I had chose at the time I believe it was 3 ghz if I am not mistaking. Thanks!
Get yourself a high clock speed, six core, Core i7 system. Yes, it will be pricey, but you doing high end work with SolidWorks you will be happier with a higher end system.
Okay thats what I was thinking because I ran it on my old workstation at work one day and I believe it was one of the old Dell Optiplex computers and it just killed the computer and it was 2009 then we just upgraded not to long ago to the new 2010 and we upgraded to some new precisions. I would just like to have one at my house for when I bring my work home so that I can get caught up some times. Thank you for all of your help!
So the i7 out performs the Xeon processors?
I'm glad to hear you were able to build a good machine with Core i7's. To answer your question about Xeons:
Xeons are just a different "grade" version of the same "consumer grade" chip. They include provisions for ECC memory, and a new numbering scheme to make sure people are plenty confused. They are neither faster nor slower than their equivalent "Core" chips, just more expensive with the expectation of being more reliable.
Thank you for your reply. Okay I wasn't sure which was best to build on I know a bunch of people use the xeon in the dell and some hp workstations but I never could understand what the difference was. Thank you for making it more clear. I have built systems before but never got into the i7 nore the xeons and or any thing really built just for work and using simulation. Thanks!
I have built a new system with a core i7 that runs at 2.8 GHz. I was also able to keep it under $1000 dollars amazingly! It was actually $50 more dollars than my first build thanks for all of you who helped
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