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Building a ArcGIS Pro Machine (Windows 10)

Question asked by BBA_portaal on Oct 15, 2018
Latest reply on Oct 16, 2018 by BBA_portaal

Hello everyone, Working with ArcGIS Pro ever since it released. Lately I’m having increased problems running it on my laptop. Long loading times (within layouts and after doing basic things) and processing time slows me down in my work. Sometimes I'm sitting idle for a minute or 3 waiting for ArcGIS Pro to finish its job. Very frustrating.


As ArcGIS Pro keeps growing and my work tends to bigger project files and more complex tasks I'm looking into building a new machine for ArcGIS Pro. Looking into the minimum/optimal requirements given by ESRI and looking around the forums (where opinions differ on optimal specifications) I figured out the following:


So the basic components are:

  • 16 GB of DDR4 (will this be enough for an optimal experience?)
  • 500GB SSD / 1TB Storage
  • Radeon RX 580 8gb


Then I'm thinking of one of the following processors:

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920x (12 cores - 3,5 / 4 GHz) this one has 12 cores and should be great at processing
  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700x Wraith (8 cores - 3,7 / 4,3 GHz) this one is cheaper and has a slightly higher speed per core


Now I'm curious if it would be better to invest more money for more cores (according to the recommendations more cores should be better). 


I'm using ArcGIS Pro for making web maps (AOL), making PDF maps, automated reports with python and/or Map Series. On top of that I'm using the Spatial Analyst tools and Image Analyst and the Classification Wizard.


Could anyone give me any recommendations on an optimal machine, or tips on the processor? Thanks!