Students studying with a computer

Minimum Requirements for Laptop Computer Technology


PC Required Hardware:
• Dedicated 512 MB or higher Video Card (1GB preferred)
• 8 GB of RAM (16 GB preferred)
• 250 GB Hard Drive minimum (500+ preferred)
• 15" screen minimum, 17” preferred

• 1680 x 1050 video display recommended, DirectX 9-capable graphics card
• 802.11n WiFi

• External Hard Drive (250 GB recommended)
• Wireless external mouse with at least 3 buttons

** Preferred options will increase your software performance.

** If purchasing an Apple computer, you must still meet all of the above requirements, including purchasing a copy of Windows OS. You must have the appropriate software to boot into Windows and utilize the AutoDesk software.


Required Software:

AutoCAD/Revit – most current version (free student download)

Sketchup – most current version (free student download)

Windows 8 or most current version (student purchase)

Adobe Design Standard – most current version (student purchase)


In addition, each student is required to own an external hard-drive.

Click here for a pdf of the current requirements.