What is the Best Computer Hardware for SOLIDWORKS?

Hardware Recommendations

People ask me all the time “what is the best computer hardware for SOLIDWORKS?” The answer to this question varies somewhat on the type of things you design, but mostly the variability comes from time – as in, its passage.

New versions of SOLIDWORKS push the envelope on what can be done in mechanical design, while manufacturers are constantly pushing ahead with ever-more powerful processors, memory systems, and graphics. Given the fact that money is typically a factor, just buying the most expensive box you can find isn’t really an option; and sometimes, you can spend more money to get poorer performance!

To help with this, I’ve been curating a living document at GSC for quite a while called Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS. Many GSC customers are familiar with this document, as it’s used during support calls and other related inquiries. For the first time, this document is available to anyone here on our web page. Get the latest version here!


Meet the Author

Jeff Setzer

Jeff Setzer

As Technology Evangelist, Jeff loves showing customers new ways to use software and complementary tools to make their jobs easier. Jeff has been working with SOLIDWORKS since its first release in 1995 and he has been with GSC from the beginning! He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Support Technician, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, a Certified Simulation Support Technician, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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