Build a computer for solidworks 2010

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!

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  1. 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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    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.
  3. 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?
  4. How many parts on the assemblies?
  5. Best card under $200 is this:
    Quadro FX 580 512MB

    Also, would you be interested in modding? The reason for this is you can find a old 8800GTX/GTS for cheap and can easily mod it to a Quadro.
    The old 8800GTS can now be found for <$100.
  6. 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.

  7. ^Actually, it's a worse card than what I recommended (for SolidWorks at least):

    See benchmarks here:,123.html
  8. Gotcha.

    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!


  9. 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
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