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    Computer Specs/Technical Info

    Hello,

    In my long road of research, I need to know what is the best "stuff' to have in my computer to have the best and smoothest operating machine possible to run Revit, and other Autodesk programs used for architecture and ACM (cladding). Either Inventor or Fusion 360, we haven't decided on which program to utilize yet.

    Anyway, I currently have (excuse my ignorance, I'm no computer genius) this on my computer.

    - HP Z440 Workstation
    - Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60 GHz
    - 32.0 GB RAM
    - 64-bit OS, x64-based processor
    I don't know what graphics card I have, but I've been told its a good one? I might have listed it already for all I know haha.

    What system requirements would everyone recommend for a setup that we are looking for?

    Revit, Dynamo, Inventor or Fusion 360, and any other programs you guys think we should have for "The Best" setup.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT44 View Post
    Hello,

    In my long road of research, I need to know what is the best "stuff' to have in my computer to have the best and smoothest operating machine possible to run Revit, and other Autodesk programs used for architecture and ACM (cladding). Either Inventor or Fusion 360, we haven't decided on which program to utilize yet.

    Anyway, I currently have (excuse my ignorance, I'm no computer genius) this on my computer.

    - HP Z440 Workstation
    - Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60 GHz
    - 32.0 GB RAM
    - 64-bit OS, x64-based processor
    I don't know what graphics card I have, but I've been told its a good one? I might have listed it already for all I know haha.

    What system requirements would everyone recommend for a setup that we are looking for?

    Revit, Dynamo, Inventor or Fusion 360, and any other programs you guys think we should have for "The Best" setup.

    Thanks!


    My graphics card is an NVIDIA Quadpro P5000

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    Honestly that is an excellent system. What is your concern? It is basically a current generation great all-rounder system. If you did a ton of rendering or simulation where a lot of CPU cores can be used I can see you needing more cores. If you lived in Revit or other single threaded programs I can see you wanting more speed but since that processor is so well balanced I dont think you would have a lot to gain going another route.

    The difference is moving away from the xeon and quadro ecosystem could allow you to save some money and get more speed but then you move off of products that have "official" support to products that are not on the officially supported list but do work. Basically the P5000 is a $2000 version of the Geforce GTX 1080 8GB card. Unless you need the 16GB the P5000 comes with, the GTX 1080 at $550 would be faster but only have 8GB of ram which is usually more than enough for your type of work.

    Anyone comfortable spending extra on Xeon and Quadro parts I tend to let them continue to do so since those are the "approved and supported" parts but in many cases the i7/i9 CPU and Geforce products will do everything the more expensive enterprise parts do. Main thing is you loose support for ecc ram (error correcting) and there are some items like solidworks realview that will not work on Geforce cards, you need a workstation Quadro. That is one example, so far the only I have come across but I am not an expert in all Autodesk and other software available.

    Anyways, unless you feel something is slow that you want made faster, you have a great system.

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    Thanks! I will show this to the IT guy so he can decipher what you said haha.

    As of right now, my computer and one other computer are the only two with this setup. The others are not as good. We will be moving from AutoCAD to Revit/Dynamo/Inventor eventually so everyone will have the same setup once that time comes.

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    Honestly, I'd be upset with an IT guy who put a 16GB GFX card in a production machine. Same with the Xeons.

    Huge waste of money in the bang for the buck contest.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Honestly, I'd be upset with an IT guy who put a 16GB GFX card in a production machine. Same with the Xeons.

    Huge waste of money in the bang for the buck contest.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

    Aaron Maller
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    I'm not sure what all of that means BUT the reason I have what I have on my computer is because I was dealing with point cloud data from building surveys.

    I'm really not the brightest when it comes to the IT aspect of computers, I'll admit to that haha.

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