One of our stellar premium support specialists, Louisa Holland, recently put together a great overview of hardware specs and recommendations for InfraWorks and Civil 3D. I thought her recommendations were spot-on, so I wanted to share them with you here. Keep in mind, that this is not an endorsement of any specific hardware companies, nor a list of formal system requirements -- but more of a helpful tip for some nice options, based on experience working in Civil 3D and InfraWorks.
This document is meant to provide a comparison guide between currently available hardware technology with respect to working with Civil 3D and Infraworks. When it comes to Civil 3D and Infraworks, there is no such thing as “too much” RAM or graphics capability. On the Ideal side of this chart, Lou put forth suggestions that are high end, but fall within a realistic budget.
*Since AutoCAD is not multithreaded, fewer cores with stronger individual cores is preferable.
** Memory and storage are effectively commodified resources; brand and/or manufacturer makes very little difference.