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Computer Requirements - School of Architecture and Design

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for students in the FIRST YEAR of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology (B.S.A.T.), Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and BFA degree programs.

HARDWARE

Purchase the following model laptop directly from Dell at a student discount. (More about student computer purchases.)

Dell Mobile Precision M6800 [High End$4843.00]

  • Processor:
    4th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7‐4930MX
     
  • Operating System:
    Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit, English 
     
  • Video Card:
    NVIDIA® Quadro® K5100M with 8GB GDDR5
    or
    NVIDIA® Quadro® K2100M with 2GB GDDR5
     
  • Memory:
    32.0GB, DDR3‐1600MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS
     
  • Hard Drive:
    512GB 2.5" (SATA) Solid State Drive

Dell Mobile Precision M4700 [Middle $2,768.80]

  • Processor:
    4th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7‐4800MQ
     
  • Operating System:
    Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit, English
     
  • Video Card:
    NVIDIA® Quadro® K2100M with 2GB GDDR5
     
  • Memory:
    16.0GB, DDR3‐1866MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS
     
  • Hard Drive:
    512GB 2.5" (SATA) Solid State Drive

SOFTWARE

Purchase and install the following software programs directly from Studica at a discount by visiting http://www.studica.com/products/index.cfm.

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010 [incl. Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Entourage]
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium [incl. Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Acrobat]
  • AutoCAD 2013 (free download)
  • SketchUp Pro8 (free download)
  • Rhino 4.0
  • Revit Architecture 2013