General System Recommendations

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

System Memory (RAM):
6 + GB Recommended

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

Screen Size:
15.6" or 17"

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):
10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet

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

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

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

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

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

Software

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

Mac OS X 10.8
Must purchase and install Windows (BootCamp or Virtual Machine) to run some software (Autdesk, ArcGIS, etc).

Anti-Virus
Security software is available from the University. For more information go to http://support.uidaho.edu/ and login