Recently my company bought new computers and I am wanting to get y'alls opinions on if I will need to do further upgrading of my new system for MS Visualizations that I will be doing.
The project that I will be working on will be a New Highway (we have a 5 mile stretch) with one interchange. The visualization will be 3D with a drive through of the 5 mile section that we have.
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.80 gig-hertz (W3530)
Memory: 12 GB
Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 (Memory Size: 512 MB, Memory Interface: 128-bit,
Memory Type: GDDR3)
After reading the Microstation V8i System Requirements and Hardware Recommendations page I am beginning to think that my new computer is grossly unequipped to handle the 3D visualization.
My questions to y'all is based upon your experience do I need to upgrade my computer hardware? If yes then what would be the minimum upgrade (just enough upgrade to make working livable), mid-level upgrade (important upgrades that would improve my computer so that I will not see much of a slow down), and maximized upgrade (what it would take to optimize my computer but does not include all the extra bells and whistles that are nice but would not necessary)? I know I could follow the Bentley (best of the best) recommendations but being the private consultant world my company will not pay for the best of the best. I am really needing to know several options that I can take to my company to show them the cost of upgrades.