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Old December 3, 2012, 01:31 PM
Kingsix Kingsix is offline
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If your client is doing anything in 3d, especially if they are planning on or already are into a program called Autodesk Revit, make sure you provide a minimum of 16GB RAM.

Civil3d requirements:
Windows 7 (recommended) Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition or Windows XP Professional edition (SP2 or later)
AMD Athlon™ 64 processor with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron™ processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)
1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
DVD drive

I do this type of work myself, although Electrical. I would recommend a very good video card, for 3d autocad I would not save money in that area. My workstation at work has a Nvidia 560 TI and it works rather well. Just because a video card is not verified by Autodesk doesn't mean they won't work. While some of what a CAD machine needs is different from a Gaming computer the two are getting closer together in my opinion. As 3D gets a lot more prevalent in the Engineering Design field the graphical requirements are increasing a lot.

Edit:
Here is what Revit Requires
For 64-Bit Autodesk Revit 2012 Products

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium edition, Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (SP2 or later) Enterprise, Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium edition, or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 edition (SP2 or later)*
For Windows 7 64-bit or Windows Vista 64-bit: Intel® Core™ i5-2300 quad-core processor (2.8 GHz, 6 MB cache) or equivalent AMD® processor.
For Windows XP Professional x64: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual core, 1.6 GHz (or higher) with SSE2 technology
8 GB RAM
5 GB free disk space
1,680 x 1,050 monitor with true color
Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics; 256 MB DirectX 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (find out more about recommended graphics hardware)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (or later)
Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
Download or installation from DVD9
Internet connectivity for license registration

Of course these are the bare bones requirements for the product to run probably on an empty file. As soon as the project starts to be built, this bare bones system will soon cripple your productivity.

My workstation that does very well.
Intel Xeon E5-1620 0 @ 3.60 Ghz
16 GB Ram
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Last edited by Kingsix; December 3, 2012 at 01:39 PM.
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