Computer investment

I am using an i7-4th gen with 8 gb ram from 2014-15( I bought it in 2015 but it was outdated by then I think)

It was a shit box then, slower than my previous laptop which was a core2 due. Primarily because of the windows8.1

But I still have it today and it works perfectly(and it's super fast/instantaneous) and I use softwares like catia, Nx, hyperworks, photoshop, Matlab simulink, etc. All while 70+ tabs are open in multiple chrome windows.

The biggest thing that made a difference was switching to ssd. Everything was instant after that. You need more ram if you are working with large models. From my days at an auto OEM I remember, a full vehicle catia model was around 12 gb on the ram( and that was a $12k desktop workstation with 64 gbs of ram and was still laggy with that model all cuz it used an hdd). You won't be running anything nearly as complex so huge ram is irrelevant.

Besides that you also need to take into account that localized processing is going out of style. Plenty of simulation packages are available which have a cloud based architecture. Even Matlab you have the option of an online browser based version. For all your engineering needs theres a cloud based alternative. (Stadia anyone?) From what I can see, with the advent of 5g it will become the industry standard(pretty soon most likely). And then these powerful machines will be overkill and waste of precious $$. The software you listed are too light to warrant an i9. It'll be faster for sure but not by much. But are you gonna run massive simulations and optimisations that takes hours or days or at the very least over 10 minutes?

These are the things you need to consider before you buy another machine and dump a shit ton of money in it. Personally I'd just get a used i7(a couple of years) for 200 bucks(300 max), with a higher than midrange graphics card and plonk a 1tb ssd(another 100?) in it. And that should serve your purpose till 5g becomes standard and the jury is out on my prediction.

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