In my first departure from Intel, I have decided on the following for my new
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
MSI Model K8T Neo-FIS2R Motherboard
PNY nVIDIA Quadro FX1000 Video Card
2 Gigs of system memory ( in two 1 Gig sticks)
Windows XP Pro
Running mostly SW 2004 SP2.1, and MasterCam 9.
If anyone who has more experience with AMD than I (which is everyone BTW)
has any thoughts good or bad on my choices before I lay down my hard earned
money, I would be very grateful for your advice.
I am also going to build a similar box, but can't decide between the
Athlon 64 3400+ ($417) and the Athlon 64 FX-51($733) or Opteron 148
($733). How did you arrive at your choice?
$$$, and Dale & Eddy's reply to your post in the "Opteron system" Thread.
I don't know Dale, but...
"The Athlon64 3400+ is very close in performance to the AthlonFX-51, which
corresponds to an Opteron 146. It's cheaper to build, and should give
almost identical performance."
Seems pretty convincing coming from a guy who's obviously done more homework
than I have.
I'm trying not to let this decision paralyze me into not making a move, and
continuing to watch assemblies load, and toolpaths churn.
Actually, they are all very close in performance. We're talking seconds of
separation in standard benchmarks, not minutes. I've seen it before with
graphics hardware; at some point, Solidworks can't benefit much more without
some software optimizations that it just doesn't contain. The AMD's are
sweeping the floor with Intel, with respect to SWX. But between the top AMD
chips there doesn't seem to be much difference. In other words, the 2Ghz
Athlon64 3200+ and above all seem to run SWX about the same, with obvious
but *minute* performance improvements as you go up in price. Based on
current information I would simply not spend the money on an Athlon64FX or
Opteron 246 (or higher). You'd be better off building a dual using two
Opteron 244 chips for nearly the same money. In a single cpu, the Athlon64
3200+ or 3400+ is the bang for the buck leader, hands down.
Muggs, you're hardware choices are identical to the systems I just built,
except the 3400+ wasn't available at the time I bought. Personally, I'd
save a couple hundred bucks and go 3200+, since you'll want to do it again
next year anyway when SWX 2006 is released :) But either way, you're system
is going to cook!!
I just cancelled an order from Dell because of a delivery delay. I'm new at
this and wonder...... where are you purchasing this computer?
I've purchased a copy of Solidworks and am looking for a home for the
Well, Like Eddy said, I bought mine from newegg.com.
I might have been able to save some nickels and dimes by shopping around and
going to different places, but I found everything that I wanted at newegg.