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Laptop Computer Requirements

Interior Design Laptop Computer Requirement 2014‐15

Students entering the sophomore‐level interior design courses MUST have their own PC laptop computer. Because students learn Computer Aided Drafting(CAD), 3d Modeling, Computer Rendering and Building Information Modeling (BIM) it is unlikely that a generic laptop will have the capability to successfully run these programs. In that the laptops which meet these specifications tend to be more expensive than typical laptops and because the hardware specifications change each year, it is strongly suggested that students wait until acceptance into the sophomore year to purchase their laptops.


PC Software

Currently, most of the software (i.e…AutoCad, Revit and 3DStudio Max) is made available for students to download free through agreements with the software companies. Adobe Creative Suites (PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign) will need to be purchased by students for their individual computers.

Description Requirement
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 64‐bit:
    Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 64‐bit:
    Windows 8 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 64‐bit:
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8.1
CPU Type Multi‐Core Intel® Xeon®, or i‐Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.

Autodesk® Revit® software products will use multiple cores for many tasks, using up to 16 cores for near‐photorealistic rendering operations.
Memory 8 GB RAM
  • Usually sufficient for a typical editing session for a single model up to approximately 300 MB on disk. This estimate is based on internal testing and customer reports. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics.
  • Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one‐time upgrade process.
Video Display 1,680 x 1,050 with true color
Video Adapter DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 as recommended by Autodesk.
Disk Space 5 GB free disk space
Media Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key
Pointing Device MS‐Mouse or 3Dconnexion® compliant device
Browser Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later)
Connectivity Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download

A USB 3.0 storage device (flash drive or external hard drive) that holds approximately 8 GB is recommended for file transfers.

Computerwise Computers is a local company in Logan that sells and repairs laptop computers. They have the laptop specifications for the Interior Design laptop computers if you would like to buy a computer from a local vendor. One of the advantages of buying from a local vendor is that they can also repair the computers that they sell which can save down‐time if your computer needs to be repaired.

3006 North Main Street Logan, UT 84341
Phone: (435) 752‐2500
Fax: (435) 753‐2501

The Interior Design Program does not endorse one brand of computer over the other‐‐ as long as the computer can run the various software programs required and meets the hardware specifications.


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