Memory: Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV736G1600ELK
Hard Drives: 2 Seagate Constellation ES SAS ST3500414SS 500GB 7200 RPM SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
1 OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD3-2AGT120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
I had in mind to partition the SSD roughly 60GB/60GB, using half for the OS and half for our accounting database and confidential documents. The two Seagates would be configured with Raid 1 and would be a shared drive on the office network.
Case: GIGABYTE Triton 180 Black 0.7mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk $18.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V S
Item #: N82E16817139006
Additional Comments: I don't really want to waste money on my selection, but OS speed and Solidworks speed are fairly important. This workstation is also used as a file server for 3 other computers in our small office. More on that under my hard drive selection.
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I need a new workstation for Solidworks and SolidCAM (CNC software add-on for SW), so this config is interesting for me. I've priced out a dozen different configurations on newegg and ended up with essentially this setup.
I have the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard at $209 instead, I'll have to go re-compare those.
I suspect that more memory would be better, I'll probably go with 12gb instead of 6. Some of the SolidCAM operations use a ton of memory.
After looking at the Solidworks benchmarks for the different Quadro Graphics cards, my conclusion was that the Quadro 4000 wasn't worth the extra 400 bucks. All told, including Win7Pro x64 and Office 2010 Pro, system cost was $2,422.25 delivered next day air.
BTW, Don't order the Constellation hard drives with the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard, as they are SAS rather than SATA. Missed that on the specs and had to RMA two drives.
AFAIK, the only difference you'll find with the GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard compared to the GA-P6X58D is that the professional series has Intel TurboBoost enabled.
System works great so far, except the 2009 Solidworks doesn't support Win7. I'll have to wait until I buy a new subscription to try it out.
I would put together a seperate NAS for server purposes, for security reasons, power reasons, (No reason to keep a powerful machine on all the time to use it as a NAS), resource reasons (you don't want your server speed to depend on what you are soing on your computer. ) and failure reasons (If something goes bad you don't want to loose all that functionality because a MB fried or whatever.)
Just put together a cheap box with the server/secure stuff on it and plug it into your monitor, so you can switch between the two.