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(Updated) New Workstation to run Solid Works

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April 7, 2008 7:27:00 PM

I'm building a new workstation computer to run Solid Works. The budget is right at $1000. I will need a monitor as well with the build. Any good ideas? I'm looking to run XP64, Probably 4gigs of ram, I haven't decided on AMD or Intel. Over-clocking will not be necessary.
April 7, 2008 8:01:21 PM

You're really going to be even close to a good system for that money. Take a look at the Solidworks site and then start plugging in hardware for your OS. There are also users forums available to give you a better idea of what hardware works best.
April 7, 2008 8:20:55 PM

The video cards certified for SolidWorks are expensive. I think a Q6600 with 2-4GB of memory would be good, if you can fit that into your budget.
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April 7, 2008 8:21:45 PM

I recommend:

P35-DS3R/DS3L
4GB DDR2 800 by Corsair, Crucial, or any other high quality manufacture
Note: The P35- DS3x and DS4x boards seems to have problems with RAM natively higher than DDR2 800, but you can still OC DDR2 800 to the same level
Q6600/9300
9600GT
Corsair 450VX/550VX
320GB+ STA2
Any case, DVD RW, you like.

This should be about $800.
April 7, 2008 9:12:55 PM

Thanks
April 7, 2008 11:08:38 PM

Here's what I got so far.... I just picked the cheapest 19" LCD but its still breaking 1000 by about $90




SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black PATA Model SH-S202N - OEM


$26.99



SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


$99.99


Hanns·G HS-191DPB Black 19" 5ms LCD Monitor



$169.99



Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AA804

$99.99



GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard



$89.99



Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600



$248.99



PNY VCQFX570-PCIE-PB Quadro FX570 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card




$184.99




Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm SECC Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail




Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Retail
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