Odd inquiry: Solidworks 2020 and Plex VM graphics card

Outlaw85

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Trying to help a friend build this on a budget of course. That budget was $300 and a laptop if possible. After I looked at the recommended spec, I told them that it is quite a stretch since the recommendation is using Quadro or Radeon Pro GPUs and it'd be closer to $1000. Even using GTX/RTX is a stretch for a decent setup and isn't recommended.

Upgrade budget - $500 or less if possible.
Build/Laptop budget- < $1000 a must

Primary use -
- Run Solidworks for school/training for about a year. If it's a laptop, it would just be used for casual interwebs and use.
Secondary use -
- Plex transcoder - I have had up to 5 streams at a time with at least 3 of them transcoding- I'd like to be able to support 5-8 transcodes.
- I currently have Plex running in a Windows VM on the DL380 G6s (2x in a VMWare cluster).

Using VMware and a Windows VM:
- I may be able to get a single slot GPU to run in if it doesn't require additional power. I can also upgrade to X5670s to get the 3.0Ghz minimum.
Or
- I have a have a S5500bc but is limited to x8 pci-e slots and would require a x16 to x8 ribbon but would at least alow for additional power and not have space constraints. I can also upgrade to the same X5670s. It's limited to 32GB max but would work for Solidworks and/or Plex.
Or
I pricier upgrade. I have a Tyan S8812 (G34) I could upgrade to 6380 or 6386 SE (maybe) and this board does have an x16 pci-e.

Is anybody running this today and have any real-world tests done? I was looking at creating a few accounts (if needed) to test out different machines but didn't really want to spend that much time :)

Thanks.
 
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noxqzs

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For Solidworks, depending on your model size, you can get away with integrated intel graphics. I use a couple of basic systems for modeling parts for my cnc. The laptop in this picture is almost 10 years old. Most of the parts on the mini cnc were modeled in Solidworks and 3d printed. Quadro features can also be enabled by creating a REGISTRY entry in the graphics section. You can enable realview rendering for example, as well as full scene antialiasing. If your main use will be for training/hobbyist then bare minimum will suffice. For rendering and plex server, obviously you want fastest cpu/gpu you can manage.
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Outlaw85

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For Solidworks, depending on your model size, you can get away with integrated intel graphics. I use a couple of basic systems for modeling parts for my cnc. The laptop in this picture is almost 10 years old. Most of the parts on the mini cnc were modeled in Solidworks and 3d printed. Quadro features can also be enabled by creating a REGISTRY entry in the graphics section. You can enable realview rendering for example, as well as full scene antialiasing. If your main use will be for training/hobbyist then bare minimum will suffice. For rendering and plex server, obviously you want fastest cpu/gpu you can manage.
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Thank you. I will have to get more info on expected use. It is for training but for work and I don't know the level of details they use there.

For the solidworks / plex, I was trying to see if I can hit two birds with one stone to not waste money on parts. Looks like a p4000 can be had for about 5-600 and if I remember can handle h265 transcode.

Also, I did see a GRID K2 gpu for a good price ($100) but looks like it's pushing age here.
 
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