Need some evaluation help.
Think I want to get some house plan drawing/planning software. Looking at Home Designer Architect. I have a MacBook Pro. The windows machine allows more features, so I am considering a windows machine for just this project and then who knows? Maybe a CNC computer down the road.
Here are the system requirements:
Windows 8 / 7
2.4 GHz processor or Multi-core processor
2 GB of Memory (32-bit)
4 GB of Memory (64-bit)
Dedicated Graphics with 512 MB memory e.g., NVIDIA or ATI
- OR -
Integrated Graphics e.g., Intel HD graphics (driver from 2012 or newer)
5 GB of available hard disk space
I am thinking a used machine, but from where? Think a laptop to drag out to the site as needed might be better, but I am open to opinions.
The reasons for this is that the 'professional' draftsmen want to tell me what I want. Not a god idea! They also charge $1,000's for taking completed plans and making some modifications. None of them draw from conceptual plans. They cost a third of a professional architect and those guys also have an agenda. They consider their ideas over the clients. I am open to structural considerations but I want choices regarding things like bathrooms and kitchens.
I want to be able to print professional floor plans and elevations to take to the structural engineer for approval. Required by my county.