2012-2013 Computer Requirement

Incoming students must purchase a computer that meets or exceeds the set of specifications defined for the academic year the student joins the program. For example, new incoming during the 2012-2013 academic year will be expected to have a computer which meets the specifications for the 2012-2013 academic year.

These recommendations are designed to provide students with the basis for purchasing a computer which is optimized for running the latest CAD, imaging, and 3D modeling software.

Minimum Laptop Computer Requirement


The laptop should meet or exceed the following specifications.

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor, 2.4Ghz or greater
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 750GB or greater
  • Display: 15 inch or greater (1366×768 or higher resolution)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M or AMD Radeon 6770M
  • Networking: Wireless 802.11N and 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Operating System: Windows® 7 64-bit Home Premium, or OS X Mountain Lion


  • Optical Drive: 8x dual-layer DVD writer
  • Warranty: 3 years or greater
  • Recovery: OS installation media
  • Backup: external hard drive

1) When comparing laptop components, visit notebookcheck.net to compare CPUs and GPUs with those in the specification.

2) Unlike desktop computers, laptops do not allow the addition of new video hardware. For the laptop to be capable of running the 3D software applications used in our program, it is important to choose a video card that meets or exceeds the minimum specifications. No laptops with only an Intel video card meet these requirements.

Apple Macintosh computers

The 15- inch and 17 inch Macbook Pro laptops exceed the specifications for the minimum computer requirement. Software programs required for use in some courses are only available on Microsoft Windows. To use this software, Windows will have to be installed on the laptop. Students are responsible for obtaining, installing, and maintaining operating systems on their computers.

Financial Aid Application for purchasing a laptop.

Discounted laptops for TTU College of Architecture Students

Software available to students for free or low cost

Assistance with computer problems