Hello, this is my first post here and Im really learning a lot just looking around for the past few days. I'm a college engineering student and I recently got a hold of an OLD desktop from my parents. I downloaded Inventor onto it (the 32bit XP SP3 version) and it is beyond slow. It is definitely not going to work out and with most of the components being from 2001 (including the mobo) I have decided to throw some money at getting a new computer.
My intended use is mostly modeling in Inventor, sometimes of somewhat large assemblies (around 1.5g file size). Also some light MATLAB and eventually working in ANSYS. I would like a system that will be able to run smoothly under these conditions if that is at all possible.
Budget - $1000
I do not need a keyboard, monitor or mouse.
Here is what Im thinking so far, any insight would be awesome.
Well, I'm no tech expert, but I might be able to give you a few tips.
First off, I think the power supply may be just a bit too little for what you need it to do. For the same price (Less if you count rebates), I recommend the Antec Earthwatts 650W
I don't know much/anything about workstation video cards, but from what I can tell you should be fine. I've run Inventor before ( I took pre-engineering last year, so that makes me an instant expert on it and the software it uses xD )
Also, you don't need to buy the retail version of Windows 7 unless you plan on building more than 1 computer before Windows 8 comes out. You can install the retail version on as many computers at once as you like, but you can only use the OEM version on one computer at a time. However, it is $100, and what most PC builders prefer.
That's about all I can give. If you like, you can take everything I say with a grain of salt, because I'm not as experienced as a lot of guys here.
If you don't mind spending the money, then yeah, a crucial m4 64GB SSD is the way to go!
The motherboard you have in your second post should be fine, the only thing you really need to consider is whether you want to have Crossfire later on in the future. Crossfire is when you have two of the same graphics card running at once. It would definitely be something to consider if you want to keep your computer running for a bit longer. Just buy the same card again and install it when your PC starts slowing down inventor. HOWEVER, you need to have a Mobo that will support Crossfire. This will be a but more expensive, but some good-but-cheap mobos will support Crossfire for around $125-130+.
Although your computer should be just fine for two years or so before you'd ever need to consider upgrades, probably a bit more than that because you've got an SSD.
Yup. That motherboard should work just fine.
You shouldn't need anything else in order to build your computer. I would check with someone more experienced just to be sure, though, but the parts you have now should be fine to order. If you did end up needing anything else, it would just be cables, etc.
Well good news, Im posting from the new machine right now and wow this thing is fast. Im still not entirely sure I edited the registry correctly in order to optimize the SSD and HDD as there were like 300 folders to edit (I didnt touch about 180 of them which had both the C:\User and C:\program sections in them since I wasn't sure if I should change both C's to my new drive name or what) but the system seems to be working great, Boots in 28 seconds from the time you hit the power button to it being ready to go.
Now time to find out if I can transfer my free 1 year trial of Inventor from my old PC to this beast...
edit: Inventor is downloading, looks like you can download it onto multiple machines under one account.