I was pondering requesting upgrades to our dept desktop machines, mine included. I know a fair bit about designing a hardware config, but I thought I would start with the community and get some input on what you would view as a solid machine configuration for performing daily operations.
Here are a few details surrounding what my department routinely does:
-Edit versioned SDE connection
-Use multiple screens 2+ to view and enter data
-Produce high quality maps
-Produce photo maps
-Model line routing data (Large datasets) using routing programs.
-Most data is stored on the servers, except for working files.
-Configuring SDE databases using (Network Topology, Logical Data Model, Relates, Joins, etc)
-Using FME to generate and run models and scheduled server tasks.
-Various other tasks, yet unknown.
I have added that last point to illustrate my need to over design, as we will have these new machines for 3 or more years most likely.
-I would also like to be able to configure these machines with 2+, large monitors. I saw ones yesterday in the 27" range at a consultant's office.
-Cost is a factor, but functionality can overrule.
I should also mention that we have a an ELA, so we can always have the latest of most types of Esri products. We are also moving to Portal with and internal data appliance.
I am sure I am leaving some valuable information out of this summary, so feel free to poke and prod.