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New computer purchase - 32gb RAM and/or SSD for Civil 3d 2013

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01-16-2013 10:07 AM

We do large residental projects with very tight corridors (2-5' frequency due to curves and walls in some areas).  Our design files are averaging 30-60 meg for grading.  We seem to get hung up on Civil writing temporary save files (.tmp) about every 10-15 minutes (not ac$ files).


Would anyone suggest getting 32 gb of RAM on a new computer or would I even use that much?  SSD v Traditional HD? Here are the current specs we are looking at:


2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz)

Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English

32GB (4 X 8GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz

1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660

1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s

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Re: New computer purchase - 32gb RAM and/or SSD for Civil 3d 2013

01-16-2013 01:25 PM in reply to: clay_carr

SSD over a slow 720RPM for sure, but nothing small like 64G or 128G as you're applications and Windows will swallow that up pretty quickly: do you really need a 1T HD on the client PC (assuming you store files on a server)?


I prefer FirePro Vid Cards myself: 32G RAM is great.

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