What Are My Custom Computer Specifications?

Updated 10/04/2018

My Custom Computer Specifications

It seems that there is growing interest in the exact specifications/components for my custom built computer that I use for all of my architectural work. I've been raving about how incredible it is, so I don't blame you for being curious!

I want everyone to be able to have the advantage of this knowing this custom build configuration, and utilizing its capabilities if you have similar performance needs to mine.

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Architectural programs I use on this computer:

  • Revit

  • AutoCAD

  • Sketchup

Design programs I use:

  • Photoshop

  • Indesign

  • Illustrator

  • Premiere Pro

  • After Effects

It is also designed to accommodate additional, intensive programs such as Maya, Vectorworks, and Rhino if my needs change in the future.

Many times, I will be using these programs in tandem so it can be very taxing on most computers. My computer has been able to handle my working habits flawlessly.

If your working habits are similar to mine, keep reading.

Productivity is essential for success. You can't be productive if it takes 30 seconds to draw a wall in Revit, or if using the tracking function in AutoCAD freezes your computer, or if it takes 10 minutes to process a simple animation. In the time that it might take you to draw 1 wall in Revit on one computer, you might have 15 walls drawn on another. Or the time you spend waiting for programs to unfreeze you could have figured out an important design detail. And don't even get me started on the dreadful "FATAL ERROR" kiss of death. I have lost an unfathomable amount of work due to Revit's fatal errors, precious time and effort I will never get back.

It's important to invest your money into things that will save you time and make you more productive. When studying/practicing architecture, you have enough stress inducers, you don't need another one coming from the tool that should make you most productive!

Here are the exact components used to build my computer:

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Intel Core i7 processor

I have the Intel i7 processor but there’s a newer i9 processor you may want to try instead.

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Graphics Card

I have a 4GB graphics card but, if your budget allows, I highly recommend investing in either a 6GB, 8GB or 16GB graphics card for better performance when working with graphics heavy software.

16GB DDR4 Memory (2 x 8GB)

I have 16GB RAM but I recommend upgrading to 32GB so you don’t have to worry about going over.



That's everything!

Go out there and be more productive than you've ever been!