OK, finally got around to assessing the new PC over Christmas so I now have some reasonably decent computing power ! !
Still down a fair amount on what I wanted but I was on a pretty tight budget ! !
i7 processor on an Asus P8 Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard
Windows 7 Pro
120Gb Solid State Hard Drive (Fast ! ! Could go faster with 2 on a RAID setup though)
8Gb DDR3 Ram (Can be upgraded to 16Gb on the Motherboard)
nVidia "Quadro" 600 Graphics card with 1Gb memory on board(Can be upgraded with either a better card or a second card added)
As you can see none of it is real "high end" expensive stuff but it does all seem to be reasonably compatible, time will tell.
See the attached image of the PC running 2 different CadCAM software programs, both of them are mold jobs with around 1.3 million lines of code on each of them and the PC had no trouble "crunching" the data, at it`s highest usage point it was using 4 of the available 8 processors at close to 100% on each and I was still able to go online and watch watch some music videos on Youtube while they were running
Now broke but at least I do feel more productive now ! !
Just thought some of you might find it interesting
Thanks, been a long hard slog to get the "beans" together, now I`m getting used to it all I`m finding the time spent from starting a job to producing the code is vastly reduced, a quick example from today, a mold I would have expected to spend maybe 4~6 hours getting from the customers (non watertight!!!) solid file of the part to producing the code was done in a fraction under 2 hours.
Such is the power of the PC that "throwing" the solid around on the screen, zooming in/out, resurfacing sections where the surface doesn`t follow the edges correctly, (these may be down to the differences in the softwares being used) but still need to be done and the speed that I can do this at now is leaving me a little breathless !!!
Maybe I`ll make the next lot of "beans" a bit quicker in future
Here`s hoping anyway