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Build priorities for Surfacing + FEA

Question asked by Jonathan Bond on Jun 14, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 16, 2011 by Russ Johnston

Just got the go ahead to build up a new computer for primarily solidworks and simulation work. Still waiting on a definite budget, but want to have some idea where I should be focusing my money.


Majority of the files I work with are complex surfaced parts, sometimes imported from Rhino or other 3d software, occasionally with 5000+ faces/surface bodies. Usually they're closer to 1000 faces built from surfacing tools. I both build and run simulations on these files.


FEA is typically linear large displacement, although I'd like to run nonlinear and dynamic more often - just takes WAY too much time with my current box.


With a fixed budget, which components should I be prioritizing? HDD speed? CPU cores/speed?