College of Architecture Student Laptop Recommendations

 

Overview

Congratulations new Aggies! We're excited for your new journey ahead of you. To help in your success, the College or Architecture has put together a list of generic requirements for your laptop. Because there are so many models and possible configurations of laptops in the market today, we are only able to make minimum hardware recommendations for your laptop at the moment.


Minimum Hardware Requirements for all College of Architecture students:

  • Intel i7 processor 7th or 8th generation (This is the brain of the computer. The faster the speed, the faster it can process data/projects.)
  • 16 - 32 GB of RAM or more (The RAM is the computers “working” memory. RAM allows a computer to work with more information at the same time, which usually has a dramatic effect on total system performance. The more RAM a computer has, the more efficient it will be while running large programs such as AutoCAD for projects.)
  • 256 - 512 GB storage Solid State Drive (SSD) or more (the more storage a computer has, the more projects, documents, etc. you can store. SSD storage will allow a computer to turn on and open projects significantly faster than traditional HDD storage but tends to be more expensive.)
  • Graphics Card .GTX 1050 or Quadro P2000 equivalent.  
  • Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 or better (A higher resolution will allow projects to fit on the screen more effectively.) 

Architecture Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Architecture majors are also recommended additional requirements of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop (most of the software used in the Architecture industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is not sufficient for the needs of the software.)
  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

 

Construction Science Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Co-Sci majors are also recommended additional requirements of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop (most of the software used in Co-Sci industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is not sufficient for the needs of the software.)
  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

 

Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Land and Urban Planning majors are also recommended an additional requirement of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop. (most of the software used in Land and Urban Planning industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is not sufficient for the needs of the software.)
  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

 

Visualization Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Viz majors are also recommended an additional requirements of:

  • a MacOS laptop (Most of the software used in Viz industry is only compatible with MacOS.)


If you have any questions or comments about this article or think it needs improvement, please contact us and we'll be happy to assist you!

 

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