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Solidworks 2012 system/graphics requirment/recommendations

Question asked by Zachary Cain on Sep 25, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 7, 2012 by Jerry Steiger


first time poster here.

Firstly I'd like to apologise in advance.

I'm not particularly well versed when it come to Solidworks, so please forgive my ignorance.

I have a client with 2 computers currently running Solidworks 2012.

They would like to boost the performance of Solidworks.

The files they are working on are relatively small (50 parts at a maximum).


I will list the basic specifications of each computer.


User 1:

HP Compaq 8100 Elite CMT

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit

3.20 GHz Intel Core i5 650


NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290



HP Compaq 8100 Elite SFF

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit

2.93 GHz Intel Core i7 870


AMD Radeon HD 6350


I’m after some advice.

I understand that these computers are not true CAD workstations.

For the work they are currently performing, I believe they are sufficient.

What I propose is upgrading the OS to Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Bringing the RAM up to a minimum of 8GB.

Replacing the graphics cards.


Is this an appropriate solution?

If so, what graphics card would you recommend?


Thank you for your time, I apologise if this seems quite vague.

Please let me know if there is any further information I can provide.