hi - i've been getting overwhelmed looking at various graphics card, CPU and motherboard combinations and I desperately need some expert input!
I want to build a dedicated CAD workstation to run Autodesk Inventor, nothing else. I'm having difficulty with is the graphics. Do I really need a £700+ OpenGL card or can I get away with a lower price card?
My initial search led me to Intel Xeon 5080 with an Intel or Tyan motherboard running Intel's 5000X chipset.
Now I'm confussed - is Intel's Core2 a better CPU for this app?
Also, is there an equivalent AMD CPU/motherboard combo which is as good or better than Intels?
Remember this workstation is dedicated to a single app - CAD!!!
I would really welcome your ideas on ideal specs for such a system so I can go away and research some more with better knowledge.
I am using an ATI FireGL card and have no complaints. They have certfied drivers and 3 year support for the card and drivers included in the cost. Check out ati.com>workstaion products. You could spend $300 to $1100 on the card depending on your needs (file size, rendering needs)
go Zeon if you want, but I love my intel 975XBX with an intel P940 ( C2D is the only other option and wil be my upgrade)