Do you think this will make for a good Solidworks computer? (click the link to see the whole build)
Intel Core i7-4790K, PNY Quadro K2200, Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) - System Build - PCPartPicker
It should be pretty good. I recently built 2 similar (except Gigabyte boards, FirePro V4900 and 32GB). Mine are optimized for Flow simulations but regular design work doesn't faze them.
One I've got overclocked at 4.6 and the other at 4.8
I was going to get the W5100, but saw that is has inferior drivers with Solidworks. Do you have a problem with drivers with your AMD card?
I had a V4900 in my last machine running SW2011 and never had an issue so I got 2 more for these new machines. I only do design and simulation (no rendering) but have never had an issue with sketchy graphics issues.
The suggested builds that Charles Culp has put together over the past few years (Re: March 2014 - Suggested Computer Specs ) indicate that the V4900 is pretty well suited for most users.
If the V4900 is good for most people, then the k2200 or the W5100 should definitely be enough power for what I need.
(Drawing out FTC Robots in 3D in Solidworks)
Do you know anyone who uses ECC ram? Do you know if the RAM speed and latency are important for Solidworks?
How much RAM do you normally use?
Typical CAD drawing: (We'd like it to look more realistic, but we didn't have good hardware. Adding animations would be nice, too).
Most of my time is spent running flow simulations for hours on end (sometimes days).
One right now is 25-100% CPU (likely averages 60%, some parts of the simulation can parallel thread, some can't) and 28GB of RAM. It generates about a 500GB results file and takes about 28hours.
The other simulation is also using 25-100% and 18GB of RAM.
So it all depends what you're going to be doing. If you want animation it would justify a bit heftier video card (but what works better with SW I can't say, I got the V4900 to replace a prior $800 card that just wasn't well suited to SW)
I didn't bother to look at RAM speed simply because my bottleneck in simulations is processor speed so I run without hyperthreading and overclock to the limit of stability.
Why run without hyperthreading?
With simulations being largely single thread it runs faster if you don't let the hardware hyperthread. That's specific to simulation mostly.
I know that a lot of solidworks is single-threaded, which is why I chose the 4790k (better single-thread performance than all xeons and i7s). I though the cpu was "smart" enough to use all of one core for a thread if necessary (instead of using 2 threads on one core).
Good to know that it may not. Any other comments on the parts?
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