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Buying the Right Computer

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All incoming students are required to have a laptop for use during class and to access university and college network resources while on campus. We strongly advise that students purchase a laptop powerful enough to run engineering software, including simulations, that they will encounter during their four-year degree.

Mac systems are not recommended for any TTU engineering degree plan. While the Whitacre College of Engineering's virtual labs give students access to most engineering software, it's not unusual to need to run Windows freeware or student versions of software to complete courses. Most engineering software is Windows-based and running a virtual machine on a Mac will not provide the performance and stability which is required by most engineering software.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

This laptop will run engineering software, including simulations, 3D drawings, and numeric calculations which you will encounter in the later parts of your degree.

  • Windows 10 Professional
  • Intel Core i7 9th generation 6 core processor (2.5GHz or higher)
  • Minimum 16GB DDR4 RAM (32GB DDR4 RAM Recommended)
  • 256GB - 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for OS and applications
  • 500GB or higher Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive for storing data
  • NVIDIA GPU with 4GB GDDR5 or higher. (NVIDIA RTX 2000 preferred) or NVIDIA GTX 1070 or higher GPU
  • 15" Widescreen

The specifications above will run engineering software, including simulations, which you will encounter throughout your four-year degree.

Laptops will be available for purchase through the following vendors:

Mac or Chromebook systems should not be considered for the following reasons:

  • All engineering software is Windows-based
  • Running a virtual machine on a Mac will not provide the performance and stability which is required by most engineering software.
  • Chromebooks are not designed to run high-performance engineering software and do not have the hardware specifications capable of supporting engineering software.

Recommended Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad P53 (base price $1489.00)

  • Processor options: 9th gen i7-9750H (2.60GHz) 6 Cores or 9th gen i9-9880H (2.30GHz) 8 Cores or Xeon E5-2620v3 (2.40GHz) 6 Cores
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Display: 15.6" IPS Screen
  • Graphics card options: Graphics card options: T2000, RTX 2000, RTX 3000, RTX 4000
  • Memory options: 8GB DDR4 or up to 128GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD or bigger with a 1TB Storage drive recommended
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, 1Gb Ethernet
  • Warranty: Premier Support 1 to 5 years (4 years recommended with Accidental Damage Protection
  • Link: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/P53/p/22WS2WPWP53

 Dell Precision 5540 (base price $1479.99)

  • Processor options: 9th gen i7-9750H (2.60GHz) 6 Cores or 9th gen i9-9880H (2.30GHz) 8 Cores
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Display: 15.6" IPS Screen
  • Graphics card options: NVIDIA Quadro T1000 or T2000
  • Memory options: 16GB DDR4 or 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD or bigger with a 1TB storage drive recommended
  • Weight: 3.93 lbs.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, 1Gb Ethernet
  • Warranty: 1 to 5 years Pro Support (4 years recommended with Accidental Damage Protection) 
  • Link: www.dell.com/raiders/engineering

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (Amazon price $1549.00)

Q&A

For assistance with purchasing a laptop please contact:

Engineering IT Services at 806-742-3453
or
Remi Kiwior, Director of IT, Engineering IT Services at
806-834-7969 or remi.kiwior@ttu.edu