Personal Computing Information for Students
The School does not specify any particular brand of computer to purchase. We do recommend a PC laptop for compatibility with architectural software packages, and recommend against Apple products.
At a minimum, a new purchase should have 16GB of RAM, an Intel i7 (6thor 7thgen.) CPU, 500GB – 1TB solid state main hard drive (SSD), and a dedicated graphics card with 4GB of video memory.
Check the technical specifications for a dedicated video card like Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro. These are workstation-class graphics cards and differ from ‘gaming’ cards. Do not settle for a laptop with only built-in Intel HD-type graphics.
For screen size, we recommend an approximately 15” screen for good viewing area/battery life/portability compromise. Stay away from the 4k and higher resolution screens, 1080p FHD actually works better with a lot of the software.
We also recommend having an external hard drive several TB in size for backing up files, and one or more (they get lost easily) 16 - 32GB flash drives for immediate file transfers.
This is a starting point. You may be asked to purchase or download other titles as well.