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Old April 8th, 2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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Well I found an excellent deal on Dell's website for the following:


Celeron D 2.53 GHz, 533 FSB
80GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
256MB Ram
Network Card
Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics
DVD Drive
19" Flat Panel LCD

I plan on getting a 1gig chip of ram for it.

All for less than $400 shipped.



My question is, I was planning on using this for Catia V5 and Solidworks, does it have enough power? Is the processer/video card up for the task of 3d modeling?

Its almost worth it just for the monitor, I already have a 17" flat panel, so I guess I would be selling it if I get this one.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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i dont know the atia V5 and Solidworks recquirments .... but most programs have minimum speeds and recquirments on the package or go to the web site for minimum requirements or call.

That does sound like a deal especially if its a nice monitor. Thats a really good deal.

do you have a link to that model for $400 ?

thanks.
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I looked around and all I could find is that it requires a pentium with 256 meg of ram. Not very helpful, I am running a P4 1.7 Mhz with 512 ram right now and it runs smooth with 1 model open, once I open another it gets real choppy.

Heres the link, I think the monitor deal is only valid for a limited time
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...DB110DOD&s=dhs
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for 3d modelling, I'd go for a good video card as well.
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Not to sound negative and all but I say that if you buy things don't do half assed, add a bit more money and buy good stuff. Cheap deals are cheap for a reason. Integrated video card for a workstation you plan to do graphics work on ?! :miff: Don't tell me it uses shared memory too cause most do Get a bigger HDD, you'll want one soon , so why not pay a bit more and get it.

As far as the monitor goes, look at the MHZ refresh rate at the resolutions that you will plan to run it on. Also look at the dot pich size, some monitors have horrible specs. I paid ~$400 this summer for a nice 19" Xerox LCD, infact they are still about the same price, now how coudl Dell sell you a "quality" PC & monitor for the same price?
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They can sell it so cheap because they move a ton of these. The monitors normal price is $329, its just a 2 day promotion they have going right now. I'm not worried about the HDD size, I have two 120gig ones and a 80 gig one in my computer now, they'll fit in the new one.

The video card was my main question, I don't think there is an AGP slot on the board either, only PCI so my options would be limited. I know my 64mb card in my laptop works pretty good for modeling though. The celeron gets mixed reviews for this kind of work too, it'll be getting taxed pretty hard with some of the larger models that I have (Like my 1:1 scale complete XJ)
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bluexj is your 1:1 scale xj in 3d???? (I have solidworks)
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