Laptop Recommendations

Fall 2017


  • Recommended: Intel Core i7 or similar quad-core


  • Recommended: 16GB+ DDR4


  • Dedicated cards only, AMD or NVIDIA
  • Recommended: AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Radeon Pro 555/560, AMD FirePro M4000 Mobility Pro | NVIDIA® Quadro® K2100M/K1100M/M1000M, Nvidia Geforce 950 M, 1050 M or similar cards


  • Recommended: 1080p+ (1920x1080 resolution)


  • Minimum: 500GB+ HDD
  • Recommended: 500GB+ SSD (Solid State Drive; significant performance increase)

Operating System

  • Minimum: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Recommended: Windows 7 64-bit (software compatibility; most computers ship with Windows 10 but sometimes Windows 7 + free Windows 10 upgrade is an option if purchased online)


  • The Macintosh operating system is incompatible with several key software packages commonly used in Architecture. While it’s possible to run Windows-based software on a Mac through virtual machine software or BootCamp, this is only recommended for advanced users. If purchasing a Mac, please understand the risks and ensure the specs meet the requirements above.