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Tue, May 1, 2012 at 12:14:36 AM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build




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I'm looking at putting together a new PC (just the box) for primarily Revit 2012 (and future versions), but also Sketchup, 3DS Max and Photoshop.

The parts I'm thinking are:

CPU: i7 3930k (6-core)



GRAPHICS: GTX570 (brand possibly ASUS)

PSU: CORSAIR AX750 watts

SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB SSD for the operating system

HDD: Seagate 1TB HDD for storage


CPU Cooler: ?


Any comments, feedback and suggestions is welcome.

Has anyone had any experience with any of these parts on Revit, particularly the GTX570 graphics card? Is it suitable for the task?

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Tue, May 1, 2012 at 2:33:24 PM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build



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I was lucky enough to get the GTX 680. It retails for $499. It runs Revit 2012 flawlessly. It may be overkill, but you can use the extra GPU power with 3DS Max iray or any other programs thta utilize CUDA. Get a case that has room, not necessarily a full tower. A good mid-size tower like the Corsair 600T White Edition is roomy and  and stylish. The rest of the specs look great. If you are planning to overclock that beast of a CPU, I would suggest the H100 as your cooler and getting at least an 850W PSU.

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Fri, May 4, 2012 at 6:05:59 AM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build



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sounds like a good setup case id go thermaltake level 10 only is space is not an issue as its huge. if your going to overclock I would go liquid cooling if not then cool master hyper or something. the new AMD cards are also worth looking at.


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Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 5:34:09 PM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build



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I have a 128Gb SSD in my computer.  Let me tell you from experience, its not enough to handle all the other programs you want to put on it.  I've barely got 18Gb free and I have Revit 2011, 2012 on it.  3dsMax 2012. Design Review, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator on it.  If I want to start putting 2013 versions on it, I'll probably have to uninstall something else.

Otherwise your build looks great.  Why the GTX570 and not a Quadro card from Nvidia?



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Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:19:30 PM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build



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Looks good. I too prefer the Nvidia card.

We also have a few 24GB RAM boxes here that stand out from the crowd. Especially on large projects like airports and hospitals.



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Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:02:48 AM | New Revit Desktop Computer Build




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ive been building a few diffrent systems for our company. 

we started with a 2600k 

16 GB ram 

90 GB SSD (agility 3) 

it worked pretty smooth with Revit 2012. 

but with larger complex model it started to reach its maximum (even after overclock to 4.4 Ghz turbo) 


since the release of revit / autocad 2013. 

we decided to make stronger workstation. 



3930K (now running at 4.6 ghz turbo )

32 GB ram DDR 3

2x 90 SSD agility 3 in raid 0 

VGA geforce 560 TI 1 gb. 


i must say so far so good!. 

works smooth as silk. 

and render time results are just awesome. (6 x core HT on ) 


my advice (since u have 2x 8 gb) get 4x 4gb (or even better 8x 4GB) 

this way you will use the maximum bandwith that ur mobo/cpu will provide. 





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