Navisworks can be seen as a kind of sandbox to visualise the interactions between projects from different programs. For example, a Navisworks computer could bring in projects from Autocad and Revit, and see how they fit together. It’s useful for clash detection, to foresee any potential incompatibilities between the architectural design of a building and its more mechanical innards.
This program does not need much power to get running, but of course you will have a much smoother experience with higher performance components.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Autodesk Navisworks.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for your Navisworks computer.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
Navisworks benefits greatly from a higher number of cores, but whether you need more speed or more cores depends on your particular workflow.
Some large workflows need a massive number of cores – more cores than are available in overclockable CPUs. In this case, your Navisworks computer might benefit from an AMD Threadripper, or Intel’s X299 or Xeon platforms.
Speed might be more important for you depending on other programs you use.
Most modern CPUs run at respectable frequencies, and AMD CPUs in particular have great IPC (Instructions per Clock). This would make them a great all-round choice for a Navisworks computer.
CPU – Core Count
We would recommend a high core count for any Navisworks system, but this program does have a lot of single threaded processes that benefit from higher CPU frequencies rather than cores. If your workflow involves a lot of these processes, you might prefer an overclockable CPU with around 8 cores or more.
Navisworks benefits from a strong graphics card to a certain extent, but this is not a priority. Depending on what other programs you plan on working on with your system, you would probably get the most value out of an RTX3060Ti.
Navisworks projects can get quite large, and for this reason, we would recommend no less than 32GB RAM. You might even want to consider 64 to 128GB RAM in your Navisworks computer.
If you find that your workflow needs a high number of cores that would only be available from an HEDT CPUs from Intel and AMD, you would also open up the option to work with even more RAM.
If you’re interested in the kind of performance you can get out of a system like this, feel free to take a look at the blog post about a huge CFD build we worked on recently.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.