General System Recommendations

Intel Core i5 Processor, minimum
Intel Core i7 Processor, recommended

System Memory (RAM):
8 + GB Recommended

Screen Resolution:
1366 x 768, minimum
1920 x 1080+ recommended

Screen Size:

Video Chipset:
It is recommended that you find video chipsets that use dedicated (discrete) RAM. Video chipsets that employ a hybrid memory sharing technology are acceptable. A number of integrated video chipsets rely entirely on shared system RAM, these chipsets are not recommended

Video Memory (RAM):
1GB, minimum
2GB+, suggested

Network Interface Card (NIC):

Wireless Network Interface Card:
College of Art and Architecture facilities are wireless ready (802.11 b/g/n compatable)

Hard Drive:
512GB 5400 rpm, minimum
1TB+ 7200 rpm, recommended
Solid State Drive, recommended for best performance

Additional Removable Storage:
USB Flash Drive (recommended)
USB Hard Drive (good for projects and backup)

Video Adapter Cables (must be able to connect to VGA and DVI)

External Mouse (USB or wireless)
Security Lock and Cable
Carrying Case
Notebook Cooling Device
Manufacturer's Extended Warranty


Operating System:
Windows 7, 8 or 10 Professional 64 bit
The HOME versions of Windows are NOT recommended

Mac OS X
Must purchase and install Windows (BootCamp or Virtual Machine) to run some software (Autdesk, ArcGIS, etc).

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