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    We are a small company and its budget time and we are budgeting for more computers, but I got into a discussion with our IT guy on what we need/want. We are running Civil 3D. Please give input on your recommendations. Will Civil 3D work with a 64 bit system? Especially regarding RAM, processors, boards, CPUs, and video cards. I would appreciate any input. We want the latest technology. Max $3000 budget....closer to $2500.

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    C3D 2010 is a 32-bit app, but it will run fine on 64-bit Windows 7.
    C3D 2011 may be a full 64-bit app, but we'll have to wait and see...

    Take a look at the following.

    http://www.civil3d.com/2009/11/new-c...th-peter-funk/

    http://acecivil3d.blogspot.com/2009/...windows-7.html
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    Default Re: Computer Specifications

    There are several posts about this you can check out:

    ideal workstation for C3D 2010
    CAD station/Computer
    Video Card for #D

    Also check out Autodesks system requirements: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...112&id=8915326

    Quote Originally Posted by smatt
    Will Civil 3D work with a 64 bit system?
    Yes and is recommended.

    Quote Originally Posted by smatt
    Especially regarding RAM
    Currently 6GB is the sweet spot. Can get more for future proofing.

    Quote Originally Posted by smatt
    processors
    Favor higher speed over the number of cores. Ex: A 3GHz 2 core CPU is better then a 2GHz 4 core CPU if your not running a bunch of programs at the same time.

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    All are good recommendations so far. Also do not skimp on the Video Card.

    No point in buying a fast car and putting bad tires on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandocadguy View Post
    ... do not skimp on the Video Card.

    No point in buying a fast car and putting bad tires on it.
    Interesting point...what do you think about Peter Funk's thought that the display adapter is the last place to spend money... ?

    http://www.civil3d.com/2009/11/new-c...th-peter-funk/
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    I had not seen that article. It is down the list as the overall performance dowsn't jump as with upgrades in other places. However, even on his list for his laptop build he has a "ATI MOBILITY RADEON HD 4650 1GB " which is no slouch.

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