I want to get a SolidWorks (2012 and later ) certfied workstation for home personal use,
with the most energy-efficient components with the price range $1000 to $1600.
The closer to $1000 the better. I want the Best value for the buck.
I'm an Industrial Designer in training / wannabe.. It's not for office, since it's not my day job (yet)..
I'm modeling small parts and assemblies; not large things like an airplane.
Speed is not so important. Quality, accuracy and smoothness is more important.
Spinning parts in a high speed would probably make me dizzy anyway..
It will primary be a SolidWorks workstation, maybe someday it will be used for Alias,
Pro-Engineer, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Inventor, Rhino, etc.. A BIG maybe..
I'm not into video games. But definitely into web surfing..
I don't know much about the motherboards, like what brands are good.
Approximate Purchase Date: next 30 days.. August 2012..
Budget Range: approximately $1000 to $1600 just for the main system unit
Before / After Rebates; rebates would be nice..
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
SolidWorks - ( modeling , virtual prototyping, simulation )
surfing the internet,
watching TV shows from a TV tuner ,
watching DVD ,
Are you buying a monitor: Yes , monitor pricing is separate - $200 to $500.
Parts to Upgrade: planning to get a whole new system..
Solidworks is not compatible with Mac .. Damn it!!
BootCamp is not supported by SolidWorks..
Do you need to buy OS: Yes , windows 7 Pro
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm open..
as long they are reliable, dependable, etc..
Location: New York City, NY , USA
Parts Preferences: must be SolidWorks ( 2012 , 2013 ) certified
Overclocking: No ,
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe ...
Your Monitor Resolution: Don't have a monitor..
preferably 1920x1080, 1920x1200
must be Solidworks (2012 or 2013 ) certified.
Intel Core i3 or Core i5 ( what about AMD or Via ?? ) -
smaller number of cores is preferable. since I'm doing mostly modeling.
and I read that solidWorks is not heavily multi-threaded, except for the simulation.
6 to 16 GB RAM ( non ECC memory is fine , since it's for home use )
Solidworks-certified 3D professional graphics card. Beginners 3D cards are fine.. Not a 3D gaming card.
perhaps a Nvida Quadro 600 or 2000 or AMD/ATI FirePro 3800 or 4800
Win Pro 7 and Linux ( redhat/centos/ubuntu/mint ) dual boot..
two 250GB to 500GB SAS/SATA Hard Drives, ( one of them is a backup for the other)
3-6 USB 2.0 connections. ( got keyboard, mouse, 3D mouse, etc.. )
EnergyStar Power Supply. Perhaps 80 PLUS certified..
a good hi-res monitor would probably be another $300 to $600. 20-inch to 26-inch..
DisplayPort seems to be the new video standard these days.
I'm open to a laptop as well.. maybe a desktop replacement laptop??
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
running SolidWorks 2012 , later on SolidWorks 2013..
want to be supported by the SolidWorks company support folks.
^ hmm, I don't use a workstation card however, the thing with this bugger solidworks is that it doesn't show anything from AMD's camp. Only ATi. SO thas a lil obsolete IMHO.
didn't check out nvidia though.
I listed the 650W modular PSU so OP can add more cards to his machine should productivity beckon him while he moves up in the world without having to build another rig from the ground up. And gold rated PSU's, sigh they're the cream of the crop ->under the platinums