Downtown Hardware Recommendations

Markers Space Location: Monterey Bldg., MNT 1.103B.10     


For those who currently own or are considering purchasing Apple Hardware, the following should be noted:

- Many applications used for Architecture are only available on Windows Operating System (i.e Revit).     MacOS users may be required to run Windows on their Apple hardware.

- Apple’s discreet video cards ARE NOT Autodesk certified.

- Virtualization software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop use with intense design software   can often have issues and performance is significantly reduced.

- Students who choose to purchase Apple hardware despite these warnings should select the highest     performing system possible.


We have partnered with Dell Computer to offer preconfigured technology recommendations for Architecture and Construction Science students and faculty at a discount cost.

Laptop & Desktop Recomendations for New Purchases

Hardware Component Minimum Recommended (Basic)
Recommended (Advanced)
Processor Intel i7 dual core or AMD equivalent Intel i7/i9 six core or AMD Intel i7/i9/Xeon six+ core or AMD equivalent
Memory 16 GB 16.0 GB with expansion space or 32 GB 32 GB
Hard Drive 250+ GB 7200RPM 512 GB SSD 1TB GB SSD or larger
Video Card (1) 2 GB NVIDIA Quadro or AMD 4GB or more Nvidia GeForce/Quadro VR Ready NVIDIA Quadro or GeForce



Screen Size (2) 13 inch 14-17 inch
Networking (Wireless) 802.11 a/g/n 802.11 a/g/n/ac 802.11 a/g/n/ac
Networking (Wired) 10/100 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Peripheral Connectivity USB 2.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Warranty 3 year 5 year + accidental damage (# of years should match program length – minimum 5 year + accidental damage (# of years should match program length – minimum