Recommended Hardware for SolidWorks (i9)

These hardware specifications can be out of date. If you wish to inquire about a design for a specific workload, please feel free to contact us.


Overview of Recommended Hardware for SolidWorks (i9)

This i9 CAD workstation is built around the i9-13900K with an RTX 5000 ADA 32GB video card. This combination provides a very powerful overall solution.

This workstation is designed for use in applications such as SolidWorks that require a Pro GPU driver for full functionality, or can leverage increased higher-precision compute. The RTX 5000 ADA 32GB also has ECC memory, smaller form factor, and lower power draw, all helping to create a more robust product for extended rendering sessions.

If you do not require an RTX 5000 ADA 32GB, we can change it to a different model to best suit your needs.

If you need more than 192GB of RAM, we recommend a build based on Xeon 2400/3400, as it supports ECC memory. 768GB is the highest we can go on most Xeon motherboards, without resorting to EXTREMELY expensive 128GB or 256GB DIMMs. We do have an enterprise-class Xeon motherboard with 16 RAM slots, though systems with this board will NOT have exceptionally high single-core clockspeeds.

i9 CAD Workstation Limitations

This platform is currently limited to 32 threads, 1 GPU, and 192GB of memory. Please let us know if you need a more robust platform.

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i9 CAD Workstation

This workstation is designed for use in applications such as SolidWorks. This system uses an i9-13900K, 192GB DDR5 RAM, 5TB NVME, and an RTX 5000 ADA 32GB video card.


Design of Recommended Hardware for SolidWorks (i9)

Processor: Intel i9-13900K

  • High single-core and multi-core performance in several applications
  • Relatively cheap for the performance

CPU Cooler: Phanteks Glacier One 360

  • Powerful enough to handle the CPU under full load
  • Built to run quiet even under full load

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

  • High build quality and excellent power delivery
  • Support for 1 GPU
  • Support for multiple M2 NVME drives, up to 192GB of memory
  • Simple visual design

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 4x48GB DDR5-6000

  • 4x48GB DDR5-6000 for maximum capacity

Storage: Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB (OS+Programs) + Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB (Main)

  • High capacity, speed, and reliability

Video Card: Nvidia RTX 5000 ADA 32GB

  • Rendering performance
  • Single-GPU cooling performance
  • Long-term stability
  • Certified stability in SolidWorks

Case: Be Quiet Pure Base 500DX

  • High build quality
  • Incredible amount of cooling potential

Fans: 6x Phanteks F120T30

  • High build quality
  • Sufficient airflow for stable operation under full load

Power Supply: Be Quiet Pure Power M 12 1000W

  • Solid build quality, capacity, and efficiency

About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers is based in North Carolina and designs custom built computers, focusing on bespoke desktop workstationsrack workstationsrack servers, and gaming PCs.

We focus on the Raleigh/Cary/Apex/Durham area, offer free delivery within 20 miles of our shop in Cary NC, can deliver within 3 hours of our shop, and ship nationwide.

We work with local NC partners for other tech services, such as computer repair and managed IT. Call us at 919-500-5002 or email us at sales@topflightpc.com to inquire about a build!

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