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Old 02-01-2015, 06:50 PM
 
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Hi,

I am student. I am planning to get a new computer, and I am wondering what kind of desktop PC or laptop I should get that would help me as a future urban planner.

Please feel free to list any other technology/software recommendations that may have helped you, and you would like to share with us about.

Thanks much in advance.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I used to work as a GIS Analyst in a planning environment. Many of the actual planners worked with basic tools like Microsoft Word, as they (generally) did a lot of research and writing.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I study GIS and planning, and work with GIS for my job.

Look up system requirements for programs like Google Earth, Socet GXP, Remote View, ArcGIS, and other GIS-related programs. That'll give you an idea.

My personal laptop has an Intel i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, nVidea graphics, and 1TB of storage. My desktop has an i7, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD boot drive, and 1TB of storage. A bit of overkill, but it'll last me for a few years. Both systems run Windows 8.1.

My work computer has an i5, 4GB of RAM, on-board graphics, and 1TB of storage. It sucks to work on, can barely run multiple apps.

If you're on a budget, spend money on graphics processing. Google Earth, with KMLs loaded and Remote View running will KILL graphics processing. More RAM is nice, too.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:38 AM
 
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Thank you all for your replies.

PhillyPhan 95 - I will take into account of GIS.

Cowboyxjon - Hopefully that is all I need to do too. I like the idea of writing.

Cab591 - Thank you for taking the time to respond. The information you have given me is tremendously helpful. I will look into a Windows PC and other computer specs, as well as all the other software you have mentioned.

citygalwithabigheart
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I 2nd this.

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