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)
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.