FBE are all set to fill labs 1 and 2 with a suite of Dell XPS730 gaming workstations fitted out with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTs to go along with the 2.83 quad and a nice 23" HD monitor etc etc. This suite will compliment the XPS420's purchased at the start of 2008 and allow much bigger concurrent groups to make better use of the 3D tools including the various game-engines for Architectural and design work.
[the big case of the Dell XPS730 which will start to fill up the FBE labs in 2009 - though with a different screen actually]
The Architectural Computing program (new as it is) looks like it will have a pretty big boost in student numbers and thus this hardware becomes all the more useful. We will also see Crysis used in classes for the first time this coming session and the ongoing use of UT2004, UT3 and Garry's Mod on top of more traditional 3D tools (3DS Max, SketchupPro, Solidworks, Revit, ArchiCAD, V-Ray, Maya, and a host more from Second Life to MyVirtualHome)