Specs for a New Computer to Specifically Run ArcGIS? -- Graphics Question

Discussion created by astrostu on Apr 9, 2012
Latest reply on May 2, 2012 by vsfoote
I'm looking to build a new PC for work, really spec'ed run three pieces of software:  ArcGIS, USGS's ISIS, and some custom crater-detection software.  For the latter two, I already need to have a fast processor and max out the RAM.  What I don't need for either is a GPU.

My question is, what use does Arc make of the GPU?  I couldn't really tell anything from ESRI's system requirements page.  For example, does it do any hardware acceleration?  Use CUDA?  Or would the on-chip GPU run Arc just as well as a $500 GPU?