Texas Tech University

Department of Design

Minimum Laptop Computer Requirements

The laptop should meet or exceed the following specifications.

  • Processor | 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 or i9 quad-core processor, 2.4Ghz or greater
  • Memory | 16GB RAM
  • Storage | 512GB SSD (Solid State Disk)
  • Display | 15 inch or larger, 1920x1080 or higher resolution
  • Video Card | Quadro M1200, Geforce GTX 470, AMD Radeon R9 M370X, AMD Radeon Pro 555X
  • Networking | Wireless 802.11N and Ethernet adapter
  • Operating System | Windows 10 or OSX Sierra or newer

Other Recommendations

  • Warranty | 3 years or greater
  • Recovery | OS installation media
  • Backup | external hard drive

Apple Macintosh Computers
The 16-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