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Upgrading Computers? Make Sure You Have the Proper Esri Specifications

by Ryan on December 22, 2014

There is sometimes not a better feeling in the work world than when it is your turn to get a new computer.  The keyboard is nice and clean, it seems to fire up right away, and the IT staff sometimes has not has the chance to delete Minesweeper or Solitaire.  When you getting a new computer, the tough part are always updating all your software from one computer to another and make sure nothing is lost. 
 
In the GIS world, getting a new computer is always a double edged sword.  It’s great to have the brand new machine with the high powered processer and new HD monitor.  The downside is making sure you do not lose any of the GIS data and making sure your machine is compatible and quick enough to not be too slow a year from now when Esri sends out their latest version.  A common question that I get during certain times of the year is, “Ryan, I get a new computer! But I have to pick out the specs, can you help me out?” 
 
The Esri website has an excellent webpage that clearly explains all the specs you need for a new computer compatible with ArcMap.  The information available is set at the minimums, but most importantly it is something that can be printed to bring with you to your IT person to discuss or your computer vendor to chat with on the phone.  The website is located here: http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/system-requirements/10.2/index.html#  There is also a link for Apple computers as well if your County is witching over to them.