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Required Computer Specifications

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Minimum equipment specifications 

     Windows 7 or newer operating system* 

  • 4th Gen Intel i5 processor or AMD equivalent 
  • 8GB RAM 
  • 1 TB hard drive or greater
  • 802.11 Wireless Network
  • DVD writer
  • 15” laptop screen
  • nVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card (not Intel graphics)
  • Notebook cable lock
  • 64GB USB flash drive and/or Portable USB hard drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • VGA or DVI video output

Recommended equipment specifications

     Windows 10 operating system* 

  • 5th Gen Intel i7 processor or AMD equivalent 
  • 16GB RAM 
  • 1 TB hard drive or greater
  • 802.11 Wireless Network
  • DVD writer
  • 15” laptop screen
  • nVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card (not Intel graphics)
  • Notebook cable lock
  • 64GB USB flash drive and/or Portable USB hard drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • HDMI video output with VGA adapter

 

* The College of Environment & Design teaches with the Windows platform.
Students are expected to come to class with Windows and Windows versions of applications running. *

  

Educational Discounts (Not always better than current retail sales)

We do not have a preferred manufacturer and you may purchase from any source you wish.  Below are a couple of options for obtaining a possible discount.

 http://dell.com/uga

 http://shop.lenovo.com  Select Solutions for… then select Students

What if I really want a Mac computer

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Students are expected to come to class with Windows and Windows versions of applications running.

Minimal support and network resource connectivity are available for the Mac OS.

Minimum equipment specifications

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Intel i5 processor
  • 8GB memory
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • 802.11 Wireless Network
  • DVD writer
  • AMD Graphics Card (not Intel graphics)
  • Notebook cable lock
  • 64GB USB flash drive and/or Portable USB hard drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • Thunderbolt to HDMI and VGA adapters
  • Windows Operating System 

Recommended equipment specifications

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Intel i7 Processor
  • 16GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • AMD Graphics Card (not Intel graphics)
  • 64GB USB flash drive and/or Portable USB hard drive
  • Wireless mouse
  • Thunderbolt to HDMI and VGA adapters
  • Windows Operating System
  • Parallels or VMWare Fusion (optional)

If purchasing a system with 16GB of memory you can purchase an install a Desktop Virtulization package (Parallels or VMWare) and Windows OS to run most Windows applictions within Mac OS. However, some AutoCAD and GIS projects may require rendering or processing methods that will not work in desktop virtuliztation and will require working in a Boot Camp version of Windows.