Texas Tech University

Department of Design

Minimum Laptop Computer Requirements

The laptop should meet or exceed the following specifications:

  • Processor: 4th or 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor, 2.0Ghz or greater
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 512GB SSD (Solid State Disk) or SSHD (Hybrid Disk)
  • Display: 15 inch or larger, 1920x1080 or higher resolution
  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M or AMD Radeon 8770M [2]
  • Networking: Wireless 802.11N and Ethernet adapter
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1, or OSX Mavericks or Yosemite


  • Warranty: 3 years or greater
  • Recovery: OS installation media
  • Backup: external hard drive
  • When comparing laptop components, visit notebookcheck.net to compare CPUs and GPUs with those in the specification.
  • 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 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
In Microsoft Word format
In Adobe Acrobat format

Discounted laptops for TTU Students
Dell University Program
Apple University Program

Software available to students for free or low cost
Site-licensed software (Microsoft Office)
AutoDesk Education Community (AutoCAD, Revit)

Assistance with computer problems
For computer support visit the TTU IT help website or call 742-4357.
Limited support is available from the Department of Design IT staff.

Department of Design