PC recommendations/Minimum hardware requirements

I am going to buy a PC for the sole purpose of using Rhino at work, (because the Mac Beta version doesn’t have the same drafting capabilities as the PC version yet) – does anyone have any recommendations about the best (but still economic) starting model of PC?

Go to the Rhino Web page,
Click on Support
Click on System requirements
Pay close attention to the graphics card details

Thank you. Also, do you know if and when iRhino will have “layout”?

Personally, I’d suggest the fastest i7 based computer you can afford with at least 8 gig of memory. If your models are not large the Nvidia Quadro 600 or K600 card will probably work fine. If they are in the 100 megabyte or larger range more video memory and GPU cores will be better. Since I don’t make big models, I can’t give good advice on how much video card you need for a given typical model size. Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit would be the OS of choice as would the 64 bit version of Rhino 5.

I have no idea why McNeel says the system can’t have more than 63 CPU cores, but I think the best you can do these days is 32 with dual 8-core hyper threaded Xeon chips, so I don’t think it will be an issue.

I can also add that I run Rhino 5 64 bit under Windows 8 on a MacbookPro Retina 15" using Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (now Parallels 9 is available to run with Mavericks and Win 8.1). It works great, but I have not really heavily exercised the video card interface with shading, texturing, etc. The basic builtin Rhino display modes seem to work fine, as does basic object and layer coloring.

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