Hello errbody. Putting together a solidworks cad build for a friend and am deciding on what Proc and to a lesser extent which Mobo to go with. Budget is realistically $400-450 tops including an OS. Thinking of using Microcenter to buy an i3 3225 for $119 and $50 bucks off of a mobo there. Here is a preliminary build, not including a case and hard drives as those will be taken care of. I would also like to learn more about what makes solidworks/cad builds tick in terms of hardware requirements. I.E. graphics card requirements in comparison to mainstream cards. Thanks so much guys!
SolidWorks is continuously very computationally intensive, with intermittent load/save events. Best processor possible, good amount of RAM, good hard drive, OK graphics card in order of priority. It's not at all the same as gaming.
One last things: SolidWorks hits one CPU core for a disproportionately high percentage of its computations (most parametric modeling is not able to be multi-threaded). So a higher clock speed with fewer cores is the way to go if that's an option.