I am specing out a new workstation for a coworker. We currently run SW 2009 on a Dell Precision 390 with a nVidia Quadro FX3450/4000 video card and is it ever lousy! It crashes all the time - honestly anywhere between 1 - 10 times a day. I am running SW 2009 SP0. I have tried all the suggestions:
- Submit bug reports to SolidWorks
- Have my VAR help
- Reinstall the OS (multiple times)
- Reinstall SolidWorks (multiple times)
- Test my video card
- Add more memory
- Testing my memory
- Testing my hard drive
- Run SW without anything else running
Seems like I have tried more but it's not coming to me at the moment. Also, The parts can sometimes crash on the same features like Features > Flex but most of the crashes seem random as something is rebuilding or a new feature is building. Every time it crashes I can hear the drive kick into overdrive and then anywhere from a second to ten seconds later it totally crashes.
My question...What system/video card would you spec today to get good, fairly fast, stable running of SolidWorks 2009 with the capability of upgrading later to the latest version of SolidWorks? I already know that doing 64 bit is a must. Oh yeah...did I mention stability? We build mostly parts with 20 - 200 features and assemblies of up to 10 parts. If I priortized the desired result it would be rock solid stability first, super speed second.