I'm a self employeed engineer and I currently use a Dell M6400 Covet laptop that is about 3 years old. The M6400 has a FX3700M graphics card and a Core2 Extreme Q9300 2.53GHz processor. It is struggling with some of the larger models I am dealing with and I will be adding Simulation Professional into the mix in the next few months. I am going to keep using the laptop when I do travel, but I am not traveling as much so it is time to build a workstation. I have been doing lots of research here and on Toms Hardware and have speced out a system, but wanted to get others opinions before I purchased the parts. Parts I am still a little in limbo about are the 480GB SSD drive versus 60 GB SSD caching and a 1TB mag drive, and the case, but if you have a suggestion on any item or something I missed feel free to comment.
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-19200CL11Q-16GBZHD $299.99
- Total: $3710.91