For $6K you should be able to get a screamer.
How many components are in the large assys?
How many sub-assys?
Are the components simple or complex with many features and/or patterns?
Will you be rendering or running FEA?
our larger systems with all hardware included would be around 5,000 or less parts. There would be about 10 major components each having approximately 8 sub assemblies. Most of our parts are farily simple, holes, miters, slots etc. No FEA but I do plan to do some rendering.
Thanks a lot!
Go with Anna numbers and spend rest on vacation.
Just kidding. 6K - 10K i a lot of money. Look on Anna list. They are some very powerfull machines.
Charles started another thread in the Administration forum that would be of even more interest to you; I think it had the word ultimate in the title. Try a search and see if you can find it.
Check out Boxx. They have a great reputation for fast, well made machines. They build one specifically for Solidworks.
They are pricey, but apparently that's not an issue in your case!
Wish I had a boss like that. Need any help there.
Here some workstations I build for our company including Solidworks benchmarks.
http://tweakers.net/gallery/362976#tab:inventaris (watch the workstations in the list)
The fastest is "Workstation Guido"
You can always upgrade to a better videocard (i recomend the V7900 from AMD (not ati!))
When you want to go faster you wil get a heat issue, to solve that you wil need liquid cooling on the motherboard chipsets, this feature is only on gamers boards! (like the Asus ROG series) The best advise i can give you is to find a hardcore gamer that builds its own systems, he wil know what the best parts wil be to get the most speed out of your system, only difference between a high end workstation and a high end game PC is the videocard.
keypoint is MHz, not only for the CPU but also the memory, the connenctions on the motherboard between the chipsets (northbridge and southbridge) and parts (CPU, PCI, Memory, SATA)
Workstation guido is just on the edge, the north bridge (upper chipset that controls memory, CPU and comunications with the south brige gets up to 70 degrees on full load) the south bridge is already cooled by a extra fan because it became to hot.
Wow, that would be fast, but do you sacrifice stability for all that speed?
I'd rather know it's not going to crash on me (more than usual ) than have a few less seconds waiting for rendering or rebuilds.
no, stability is very important! our previous systems (HP Z800) crashed about one time a day so bad that you had to re-boot the whole system (that took about 7 minutes everytime!)
The new workstations don't crash anymore (for a half year now) Solidworks crashes sometimes (maybe 2 times a week maximum) but the workstation don't need a re-boot anymore. So opening Solidworks again (takes about 5-7 seconds) and the engineer can resume his work
These workstations need about 2 days to assemble properly (considering cable management and airflow) after that i need 1 to 2 weeks to finish all the installations, tweaking and testing the system before i give it to the engineer. all workstations are stress tested at 100% workload for at least 60 minutes (using prime95) they reach a maximum temperature of 60 degrees (at 72 degrees the workstation wil give a warning because it is overheating) if the temperature is above 60 degrees i adjust the processor speed so it will run a bit slower but mostly they run arround 4300 to 4500MHz on al four cores (i5 2600K processor) the i7 processors can handle 8 threads but because of that it produces more heat and are safe to overclock to arround 4000 MHz.
If you have a computer shop nearby (not a standard retail store but a dedicated computer store) you can ask them to build and tweak a workstation for you, mostly they also know some good tweakers that can assist you in building your own.
Tweakers love to push a system to the limit but they also want them to be stable to run benchmarks
They will consider that you want to use your system 24/7 and wil adjust the system that it doesn't run on it's limits all the time.