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Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 2:38:27 AM | Best computer setup for Revit 2001




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Hi All,

I'm looking to upgrade my system...the current one runs too slow and a get the occasional crash.

Can anyone comment on the best computer spec's to consider when purchasing a new machine ...currently looking at a DELL spec whic seems ok...but are htey the best to advise?


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Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 8:17:14 PM | Best computer setup for Revit 2001




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I'm assuming you mean Revit 2011 and not Revit 2001 :-PIn my personal experience, Dell's computers are not bad, but basic components (Motherboard, case fans, memory, etc) are usually very cheap components to raise their profit margins. Any Dell computer that I've opened has disgusted me in the quality of components. I would say that it is usually cheaper, and much better performance wise, for you to build your own rig. It can be a little hectic and scary, and you will not have a warranty on the build, but in my opinion it is worth it and individual parts come with pretty nice warranties anyways.


Revit, on a whole, needs a LOT of ram and a pretty good graphics card. I would advise going for at least 6-8 gigabytes of RAM, preferably around 12 (or more if you can afford it) per processor. A good graphics card is important, I would recommend any of the ATI Firepro VX800's; the higher the X the better. But if you're looking for something cheaper the V4800 is very good for the price. You will need a minimum of 1 GB of dedicated video RAM I'd say.


Processors are rarely a bottleneck for Revit unless you're doing a lot of rendering. I usually go for Intel Xeon's because they're very reliable and have great performance. The Xeon 5620 is probably the best bang for your buck, but if you're gonna be doing a lot of rendering think about getting one of the higher end Xeons that have 6 cores, AMD Opertron 6 or 8 core processors, or just getting two 5620's.Make sure you get a x64 operating system. Other than that, anything is pretty much okay. The hard drive is almost irrelevant to performance as far as Revit goes. 


That being said, what are the DELL specs?


If you decide to build your own and need some advice as far as parts go, let me know and I'd be glad to help.  

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Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:35:00 PM | Best computer setup for Revit 2001



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Graphic cards are not actually that important.

It should be one of the lowest considerations you have and can be a good place to save some money.

Search the forums here for computer specs...there are many threads out there about this topic.


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