> I'm in the process of organising a laptop which will be principally be used to run Revit.
> I'm trying to get the best performance I can realistically manage at the moment. The machine I've been looking at has a P4 3.2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 60GB 5400rpm hdd and 64MB ATI 9000 video.
> 1. Is the video card sufficient or should I be trying to get a laptop with a 9600 video card?
Yes, in my experience. The Video card doesn't make as big of
difference to Revit's speed as it does to, say, Inventor's speed. 64
megs is fine. 128 would of course be better, but the only time you
would even notice it is when rotating 3D views, and even then it would
only be a touch faster/smoother.
With Revit, in my experience, the speed is much more dependent first
on the RAM, then on the Processor, and then, as a distant third, the
video card. I tell everyone to get at least a P4 and a gig of Ram, and
then they will be able to do whatever they want to in Revit. The only
time I've had issues with only 1 gig of Ram is when rendering very
complex large scenes with hundreds of plants and people and cars... ;-)
I run Revit on a Sager Laptop, 3.0 P4, gig of Ram, and a ATI 9600 and
haven't thrown something at it yet that made it choke. So I think
you'll be very happy with the machine you show the spec for.
> 2. Is there any benefit in getting a AMD 64 3200 processor?
Not that I can see at this time, other than it's slightly faster than
what's available on the Intel side. Revit and Windows can't use the
full 64-bit systems yet, and I figure it's at least a year or so
before they will (and it's still up in the air somewhat as to what
Windows will support- AMD's 64-bit standard or Intels or Both). If you
have the money or dual-boot with a system that makes full use of a
64-bit processor (like Linux) then it might be a good idea, otherwise
I personally think your money might be better spent else ware.
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