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Looking for installation requirements or recommendations for the new 2011 line of products?  Well there’s a webcast for that!  I’ve summarized the video below, as well as added my own recommendation for some of the hardware.  Chances are though if you have a computer built in the last 2 years you should be pretty compatible.

The biggest changes for Revit Architecture, is that rendering is no longer limited to 4 cores, so you can go all out rendering if you have more than 4 cores available.  Also even more reliance on 64-bit processing, so you’re best bet is using the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system with your hardware allowing your computer to use the most memory available.

UPDATE:
Supported Graphics Card Hardware for Revit 2011:
http://www.autodesk.com/us/revit/revit_graphics_hardware_-_graphics_hardware_list_final.html

System requirements for installing Autodesk 2011 products:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6vDZiRqLg

This includes:

  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit Architecture 2011
  • Inventor 2011

CPU (processor):

Requirement

  • Windows 7 or Vista processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

Recommendation

  • Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i5 or i7,quad-core processor, 2.33Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • AMD Athlon or Phenom X3 or X4, triple-core, or quad-core processor, 2.6Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.

RAM (physical memory):

Recommended

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB or more
  • 32-bit Inventor = 3GB for tooling
  • 64-bit Inventor = 6GB or more for complex models
  • 32-bit Revit Architecture = Use 64-bit for optimum performance
  • 64-bit Revit Architecture = 8GB or more
  • For all systems I’d recommend at least 4GB w/ 3GB switch enabled.  Keep in mind, memory is cheap, waiting on your computer is not!

Required

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 3GB

Graphics Card (video):

  • DirectX & Direct3D 9.0 or 10 capability
  • Shader Model 3.0 capability
  • 256MB or higher of video card memory (I’d recommend 512MB at minimum)

Hard Drive (virtual memory/page file/swap file):

Required free hard drive space:

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB min.
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2x memory installed
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 5GB min.

Operating Systems (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit):

  • Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Finding training for Revit isn’t always easy. Finding FREE training is next to impossible. So I’ve put a preliminary list of webcasts, white papers, and conferences together in hopes that this helps some of you by having it all in one place rather than searching the internet for them all the time. As always, feel free to add your own submission in the comments and I can add it to the list. Hope this helps:

Webcasts & Presentations:
Autodesk | Buildings Media Center
Avatech | On-demand Webcasts
Denver Revit Users Group | Presentations
Design.Reform | Revit Videos
David Cohn | Presentations
DGCAD Videos
Revit videos on YouTube
Will2Play

Whitepapers:
Autodesk | Building Resource Center
IES | Energy Modeling Analysis

Conferences:
Autodesk University

Tutorials, Workshops, Training:
Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support
Revit Technology Conference

Here are some really helpful resources directly from Autodesk:

Autodesk White Papers – BIM (General)
Autodesk White Papers – Revit Architecture
Autodesk White Papers – FBX – Interoperability and FBX Technology
Autodesk White Papers – 3ds max design
Autodesk White Papers – Green Building Studio