SketchUp is a 3D modelling computer application used by various design professionals. This includes architects, engineers, and interior designers. The requirements for this program are quite minimal, but you might want to use other programs on this system too. For this reason, we would recommend installing higher performance parts in your SketchUp computer.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for SketchUp.
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 SketchUp computer.
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CPU – Core Count
SketchUp is not a multithreaded program at all, and this means that a high core count is not a priority.
Depending on other programs you may be using, you may want to opt for more cores in your SketchUp Computer.
CPU – Frequency
With SketchUp being so dependent on single core performance, we would recommend opting for the fastest CPU available within your budget. An overclocked CPU with watercooling would be our standard recommendation, and this would allow for frequencies around 5GHz, or potentially even higher.
SketchUp does not require a particularly powerful CPU, and a Nvidia GTX1650 would be a very dependable choice.
It’s important to mention that you should always make sure that your computer has the latest graphics card drivers installed, as this will ensure that you are getting the maximum available performance out of your GPU.
There are some plugins that do make use of a powerful GPU, however. If you plan on using Twinmotion or Enscape, we would not recommend any less than an RTX2060 Super, and Nvidia’s newly released RTX3060Ti offers incredible value for money.
Being as lightweight as it is, SketchUp can run quite smoothly on just 8GB RAM, but this is far less than we would recommend at this point in time.
To allow for enough headroom to comfortably use other programs, and to run multiple programs at the same time, we would recommend at least 16GB RAM.
This would make sure that you don’t experience any stuttering or freezing on regularly daily tasks such as web browsing and office admin as well.
SketchUp files do not take up much space, and this means it is easy to opt for the fastest storage available. We only use super-fast NVMe SSDs, which are much faster than more common SATA drives, and even regular M.2 storage.
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.