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rsBria
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Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

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01-11-2013 09:45 AM

I am on the hunt for a laptop workstation that will handle C3d 2013.  I realize there is a spec sheet listing requirements for the software, but thought someone might have some good advice/pros and cons on machines they are using.

 

Thanks

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AllenJessup
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

01-11-2013 10:49 AM in reply to: rsBria

Really depends on how much you want to spend. The usually advice is get the best you can afford. The usual top 2 for Civil are Memory and Processor Speed. There are some advantages with SSDs if you can afford one.

 

I've had a Sager in the past. My last laptop I got from the Dell Outlet site. A reconditioned M6500 for about 2 grand. It's been working great for the past couple of years.

 

Allen

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sboon
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

01-11-2013 09:59 PM in reply to: AllenJessup

My laptop specs are part of my signature.  I've been running Civil 3d on it since 2010.  It's a heavy beast to carry around but I like it as a CAD system.

 

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d1of2
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

01-12-2013 10:06 AM in reply to: sboon

I use Civil 3D 2012 on a ASUS G73SW gaming laptop. Most of my grading work is in mountanous regions with massive surface data. Even though my graphics card is not supported by Autodesk, I am currently not having any problems. I had to adjust the video card setting slightly in the beginning.

 

ASUS G73SW

8 GB RAM

i7 processor 2630QM

64 bit window 7 (love it!)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with CUDA - 1GB video memory

700GB hard drive. Not sure of the manufacturer (this seems to be holding this laptop back).

 

I am looking into SSD, but I heard Civil 3D's temp files never truly delete on SSD drives and therefore will eventually fill the hard drive until it is disabled. Now... the source of this info is a great IT guy, but doesn't know much about Civil 3D, so take it as you will. I had a workstation that the SSD hard drive filled up to critical, in about 6 months. IT told me it was the way Civil 3D handles temporary and operating files.

 

Windows 7 64
Intel Core i7 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
8 GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX460M
Civil 3D 2012 SP2.1
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Jeff_M
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

01-12-2013 10:42 AM in reply to: d1of2

d1of2 wrote:

I had a workstation that the SSD hard drive filled up to critical, in about 6 months. IT told me it was the way Civil 3D handles temporary and operating files.

 


Change where Windows' TEMP folder is located. I did this by moving all of my USER files from the SSD to my data drive using a Symbolic link so everything thinks it is still on the C: but it is actually on my E: I've been using this laptop, with a 128gb SSD, without issue for 2+ years.

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rsBria
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01-14-2013 10:55 AM in reply to: rsBria

Thanks for the input. 

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d1of2
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

01-24-2013 12:27 PM in reply to: Jeff_M

Change where Windows' TEMP folder is located. I did this by moving all of my USER files from the SSD to my data drive using a Symbolic link so everything thinks it is still on the C: but it is actually on my E: I've been using this laptop, with a 128gb SSD, without issue for 2+ years.

Jeff_M, also a frequent Swamper
 
thanks Jeff!
 
I was wondering how long it was going to take me to run into someone from the swamp! Gooday
Windows 7 64
Intel Core i7 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
8 GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX460M
Civil 3D 2012 SP2.1
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rsBria
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Re: Laptop Workstation Recommendations for C3d 2013

02-01-2013 05:42 AM in reply to: rsBria

Thanks for all the input.  I went with a Toshiba X875Q7380, but it came with windows 8.  I am going to have to strip 8 off and install 7.

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