Written by a PlanSwift Professional Customer Service Representative, edited to bring it up-to-date.
Many times I have been asked the question "You work for PlanSwift, what kind of system do you use?". Well, that is indeed a good question to ask. Over the years I have had the opportunity to test PlanSwift on many different machines. Most of which have been fairly stock computers from Dell.
Reminder: Whatever computer you're using for PlanSwift must meet or exceed our current System Requirements.
Current Desktop - Custom Tower
This scratch-built computer is the ultimate in performance. I did not need any more monitors, keyboards, mice, or other peripheral devices. I salvaged some parts from a dead i7. I used fairly high-end components but not the highest: I wanted durability, expandability, and performance. Here is what I currently run:
- Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower
- Motherboard - ASUS Rampage Extreme III
- CPU - Intel Core i7 - 960 3.2 GHz Bloomfield w/ upgraded cooler
- RAM - 24GB DDR3 Triple Channel G.Skill Ripjaws at 1600Mhz
- Main Drive - Crucial 256GB M4 SSD
- Secondary - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200rpm for backups and additional storage.
- Video - 2 x nVidia 550ti 1024MB DDR5 each. I run 4 x 22" monitors
- O.S. - Windows 8.1 Professional/Windows 10
This has been an awesome system that will likely last for a long time. Since its components frequently go on sale at NewEgg, and since I used some components I already had, I kept my outlay to about $1200. The big-ticket item was the SSD drive, which has a longer life expectancy (twice as long as a conventional drive) and very high speeds (twenty seconds to boot into Windows and open my first application). Program load speeds are almost instantaneous, and PlanSwift performance doubled due to the drive. So if you are a fairly tech-savvy person or know someone who is and can help you, you may want to build your next computer to get the biggest bang for your buck.