This compact and portable workstation is based on the Peak Mini, with hardware options narrowed down to focus on providing the best performance in Zemax OpticStudio. A single processor system like this is ideal for ray tracing of STEP, IGES, and SAT files, which do not scale well to multiple physical processors, and also does well with optimization. If you focus on these types of files, with little or no use of STL, then sticking with a lower core count but higher clock speed will be the most cost-effective way to go. If optimization performance is important, then higher core counts will be beneficial even when sticking with a single CPU. OpticStudio uses very little RAM and the file sizes are not huge, so drive capacity and speed are not critical factors. The video card selection should be based more on what other programs you will use alongside OpticStudio, since it is not very graphically demanding.