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I must concure.
It is very much dependable on what you wish to do with your SE.
We have found also that V17 runs more stable than V18 (?!) for
a lesser computer.
We use DIY Celeron 2.8GHz, 1024MB ram (!!), 80GB hardisk and
GeForce FX5200. But that was chosen because of our budget restraints.
Our guys suffer with bigger assemblies - it takes long to render.
Commercial gaming cards is not the best idea to use.
But the cards recommended by the link given is not the only ones to consider.
(We intend to upgrade our cards to FX6800.)
Tell you what - why do you not set up a workstation through DELL's website and see what they use for recommended mechanical CAD systems.
If you have around Euro2,200.00 to spend, then buy a DELL.
To my mind the most important is the graphics card, the motherboard (comm speed), then memory and then the processor.
The processor - look at the front side bus, then the cash and after that the speed of the processor.
So what do you have money for??
My personal choice would be the Intel 2 core DUO with 256MB PCIe x16 (DVI/VGA) nVidia Quadro FX 3450 graphics and x2 1024 MB ram.
(Dell Precision Workstation 390 Desktop)
- I would love to hear other's opinion.
- money donations also welcome to buy us what we wish for..
Thank you for your feedback.
Would you like to elaborate on your statement quoting V17 runs more stable than V18? In what sense and area do you find that noticable?
If you refer carefully to the system requirements quoted by UGS, GeForce and other gaming graphics cards are not recommended for Solid Edge. Fairly speaking, Solid Edge do not need a high-spec machine to run, but if your application requires to design more complicated and huge designs, a better spec machine will be much appreciated.
However, if you've the budget to spare, i would personally suggest workstation class machines from either DELL or HP. IF you would ask me, i'll prefer those XW machines from HP. You don't neccessarily need DualCore or CoreDuo processors; P4 works just as well. For optimal performance, you would probably need more memory (at least 1GB) and a reasonably good graphics card (Quadro series).
The above suggestions are based on my experience in supporting Solid Edge with SI applications.