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    BIM transition help for new computer system

    Hi guys,

    I'm sure you all get this question lots and lots but I'm going to ask it anyway.
    I work for a small building design company that will soon begin the daunting task of transitioning from autocad to Revit. In the meantime I'm looking to upgrade my current pc at home to a system capable of running Revit and to start working though the issues to hopefully make the transition as streamlined as possible. I'm definately anticipating lost productivity during the transition.
    I have spoken with a company who has given me the option of two different systems. Their specs are as follows-

    System 1
    CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K
    MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming K3 Motherboard
    GRAPHICS: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming, 8GB
    MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4
    SSD: Intel 600P Series 512GB SSD

    System 2
    CPU: Intel Xeon E3 1230 v5
    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS E3-PRO V5 Motherboard
    GRAPHICS: Leadtek Quadro M2000, 4GB GDDR5
    MEMORY: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4
    SSD: Intel 600P Series 512GB SSD

    Would greatly appreciate any advice any of you have to offer in regards to what specs are of upmost priority to those where I could possible scale back. Obviously this is for my home pc so funds are limited.

    Thanks in advance
    Dale

    #2
    I would go for system 1 it is basically what I would get if I had to get a new workstation right now. If money is an issue I think you can downgrade the graphics to even a 1050 (unless you play games on it as well, than a 1070 is pretty nice). No need for a Xeon and Quadro graphics.
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      #3
      System 1 has been quotes as $350 more expensive

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        #4
        Go 32GB RAM with whatever system you go with.

        Also, I agree with Robin on his choice. Since Revit (as far as I know) uses only a single core, you will get more performance from the higher clock speeds with the i7.
        Tannar Z. Frampton ™
        Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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          #5
          You don't need anywhere near an 8GB gfx card for Revit. 2-4GB is plenty. Down spec the gfx card and get more memory.

          Stay away from xeon even if it's cheaper.

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

          Aaron Maller
          Director
          Parallax Team, Inc.
          Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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            #6
            +1 to Aaron's suggestion. I consider 16gb a minimum. 32gb would be my preference. And before someone says that's too much, I routinely push Dynamo enough to stall out and completely crash (worse than blue screen) my computer. More RAM good.


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              #7
              I had 32 in my laptop 5 years ago, when Dell m4700's first hit the street. I have 64 now, but admittedly that's for some harsh crunching on some big big projects.

              But- working in AEC at all- I doubt I'd touch a machine with less than 24 or 32. I run passed 16gb all the time these days.

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

              Aaron Maller
              Director
              Parallax Team, Inc.
              Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
              @Web | @Twitter | @LinkedIn | @Email

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                #8
                Here's another my decision my IT group is making without understanding how often people are bumping into 16. Do you know a program that will alert the user when computer is paging?


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                Greg McDowell Jr
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                  #9
                  I would pick system 1 if I had to pick one of them but it is not a wise Revit system. As mentioned the video card is overkill unless you will use it for a GPU rendering software like Lumion.

                  I will greatly advise AGAINST the Intel 600p. It is the worst NVME out there and I am surprised intel put their name on it.
                  Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

                  The main thing you want for revit is that 7700k for its clock speeds and something like a gtx 1060 6GB will do great at a price savings (although depending on the purchase source could be hard due to the gpu mining craze).

                  Good luck with your purchase!
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                  Las Vegas, NV
                  www.remiscs.com

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