John - thanks for your question. This community is for general questiuons/suggestions on the communities. I am going to move this to one of the PADS communities where it will get much greater visibility.
Now days most of the computer will work. I have and it works fine:
- Dell Latitude laptop
- C5 core CPU
- 16GB RAM
- Intel HD 4600 graphics cards
Saying all that it all depend on how big your designs and how involved you are going to get with 3D. If you really want to push the envelope go for the best graphics card with most RAM on it. We had good performance with top nVIDIA graphics cards.
Thanks for the feed-back .
My feeling is that an i5 with nvidia graphics
Will not be powerful enough to do 3D placement and
We are looking at Intel i7-4790k Devils Canyon
with 16G ram DDR3-2400.
and a 240G Solid state drive
And a nVidia Quadro K620 graphics card .
Is this an over kill , or on the right track?
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What you have outlined is much better then what I use now and I wish I can have same hardware as you did. I whould do one more change if $ were no issue is to up Solid State Grive from 240GIG to 1TB.
How big and cmplex are yuor designs?
We do from really basic pcb 2 layer
To very complex 16 layer 4mil track and gap.
But it seems that after trails its more processor related
And lots of ram 16G or more .
We did a trail with the card that comes with the
VX.1.2 and monitored the pc's resources , cpu
Hdd, ram , graphics and watched how they performed
When moving and placing parts with bpoth 2D and 3D
Windows open .
And it seems as if the CPU is very impoertant with reasonable
Amount of ram .
So we will end up with :
Devils Canyon i7
16G fast ram
And a 970 nvidia graphics card .
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I agree with you that most of CAD tools today are very CPU intensive applications. If I had a blank check, I whould buy fastet CPU, most RAM my hardware/software will support, biggest solid state drive and most imprtently a excellent graphics card with a good processor on it and a lot of RAM. You know as well as I do that CPU can unload most if not all of the graphics task to the graphics card procesor thus improving performance. In addition to that I will not buy today any laptop let alone a desktop where I wont be able to install 32 GIG RAM that CPU will use.
I hope this helps.
My question is what OS do I need? PADS VX.1.1 doesn't support Win10, but that's almost all you can get today without pain... Will PADS VX.1.2 support Win10???
PADS VX.1.2 will support both Windows 7 and 10.