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Build a computer for solidworks 2010

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December 21, 2009 4:03:19 AM

Budget: $1300-1600

Do not need:

DVD Drive

I am planning to build a new system for solidworks 2010 within the next 2 months. I have never built a computer from scratch but have been inside enough towers to know that I can.

I do not have a very good idea of the best combination of components. I have looked around on Newegg and I think that building will work out much better than buying a pre-built system.

I am running large assemblies and will be doing plenty of renderings.

Thanks very much!

December 21, 2009 8:00:28 AM

Yes custom system is usualy better and cheaper then prebuild systems.
As for recomended parts you should go for I7 and x58 board and 6/12GB ram as solidworks can eat up memory and CPU. I am not sure if current version of solidworks support or plan support GPU computing but if it do, 5870 could help with performance.

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December 21, 2009 12:17:39 PM

As an SolidWorks/Inventor user this is the best $1200-1300 system I can recommend right now:

CPU: Core i7 920
* The HT really helps here

Motherboard: P6T SE
* Solid motherboard for the price

RAM: Any quality 3*2GB DDR3 1600 kit will do
* SolidWorks can benefit from 12GB depending on what you do.

HDD: 2x Samsung F3s 500GB
* One of the fastest HDDs out right now

GPU: ATI 4670 or or 5750 (or higher if gaming)
****Very important: I'm assuming you are just a student and will not be doing any serious pro level designs. If you are a pro (as in this is your job), I highly recommend you looking in to a workstation card.

Case: HAF 922, Antec 900 or any other case with good airflow and space

PSU: Corsair 650TX or other quality PSU
* NEVER skimp on the PSU. Always get a PSU from Corsair, OCZ, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, or SeaSonic.

CPU Cooling: Core Contact Freezer with LGA1366 bracket
*I'm assuming you will overclock now or down the road.

@xrodney: SolidWorks dosen't use OpenCL or CUDA type accelerations currently. HOWEVER, you CAN benefit from a workstation GPU. The 5870 won't benefit when it comes to CAD work most of the time.

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December 21, 2009 1:18:12 PM

Thanks for the replies y'all. Shadow70379, I am pro and doing some heavy lifting with the assemblies- whats your recommendation for a workstation card?

December 21, 2009 2:58:06 PM

How many parts on the assemblies?
December 21, 2009 4:51:28 PM

Hey Shadow,

Thanks for the recommendation. I was looking at this card earlier this morning:

I am not sure if it is worth the cost difference though- what do you think? my budget is 1300-1600 so I could afford a card in this range if it made a meaningful difference. I am running assemblies with around 200 parts.

December 21, 2009 5:47:39 PM


I was reading about what stream processors were, and thought that having more would be good for rendering. I will stick to the Nvidia Quadro FX 580. Thanks very much for your help Shadow!


February 28, 2010 8:09:42 PM

I have a 250 gig HDD from an old computer. Would that be ok to use or should i upgrade? I also have a 500 gig External Drive