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Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 7:27:23 AM | How often does your company upgrade your computers?




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Was wondering how often your company upgrades your computers.  My company waits until we upgrade our software before they upgrade our computers which is like every 3 or 4 years.  I have been here 9 years this summer and have only had two new upgraded systems.  I have heard some companies rent the systems so that they can keep up with the upgraded software.  Was wondering if this is cost effect or not.  Any input would be appreciated. Stuck in Revit 9.1.

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Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 2:51:03 PM | How often does your company upgrade your computers?




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By upgrade, do you mean system overhauls, or simply memory expansion packs?  I got a new set of memory cards about a year ago, does that count?   *lol* We are such a small firm that the costs associated with frequent hardware upgrades is out of our reach.  Basically, we're on an every 3 or 4 year schedule (the length of most of our extended warranties, I believe) and we try our best to keep our memory up where it needs to be to run all of our softwares.  The new Revit 2009 certainly puts a strain on the systems, but if that's the only program open it seems to run well enough.

However, we also firmly believe that once performance is starting to suffer from a slower or outdated computer, its time for a change. 


Good luck. 



Ruth Rau

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Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 3:01:33 PM | How often does your company upgrade your computers?




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It seems rather odd that you would be using software 2+ years old on computers that are as old or older. We genrally upgrade computers in waves. The wave starts every 2-4 years. Basiacally the main drawings/ cad stattions get replaced and the old stations get passed onto admin. Granted you have to take into account this is a rather large firm, but I would hope that smaller firms would want better software and computers also.

When I started my computer was horedesly slow. I complained that I was spending as much time waiting as working and got a "new" machine within a couple of months. Basically you have to make the case that you NEED not want the new software/ hardeware. Tell them how much faster and better (describe better workflow, operability, etc) you would be with new stuff and see how that goes.


If they still insist on staying on 4 year old dinosaurs then maybe you should look elsewhere or if the job is good enough just take that as one of the draw backs....



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