Computer Recommendations

Computer Recommendations 

General Recommendations

We recommend Windows 10. If you are in a program that does not have any special software requirements, then a Mac should be fine. We highly recommend that you consult with your advisor and/or instructors about software requirements before choosing a Mac. Microsoft Office can be purchased at a discounted price for both Windows and Mac. Please click here for more information.

To check your current PC’s processor and memory, see below the CAD Recommendations

Minimum

  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
  • Memory: 4GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 120GB or more
  • Bandwidth: 1.5Mbps or better (for online courses)

Recommended

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: 8GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 240GB or more
  • Bandwidth: 15Mbps or better (for online courses)

 

CAD Recommendations 

We recommend Windows 7 or Windows 10 (preferred). Microsoft Office can be purchased at a discounted price. Please click here for more information.

Minimum

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: 8GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 240GB or more
  • Video Card: AMD or Nvidia
  • Screen Resolution: 1600×900

Recommended

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 320GB or more
  • Video Card: AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080

How to Check your PCs Processor and Memory

  • Open Settings
  • Click on System

  • Click on About
  • See the “Device specifications” and “Windows specifications” sections.
  • The resulting window shows you information about your system including your brand and speed of processor as well as your system memory.

 

To check the size of your hard drive, click storage. The resulting window shows your hard drive usage.  The numbers “xxx GB free ” indicates your hard drive size.