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Computer Purchase Recommendations|College of Engineering and Applied Science

CEAS Computer Purchase Recommendations

May 2014

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has several computer labs available to students, some are available to all Engineering students, and others are available to students based on their home department. The College has one computer for every five students.


Students do not need to own computers to complete their degrees, nor does the College require or recommend that students buy computers. If you already own a computer, please do not go out and buy a new computer just to meet the specifications listed below.


If you choose to buy a computer, then you should purchase the best computer you can afford, so it will last your entire academic career. Many computer vendors offer student discounts, so make sure to check.


Laptops or tablets are encouraged but not required. Wireless access is being made available around campus. The College provides wireless access near student study areas.


These are the minimum specifications you should follow (Autodesk Revit Users, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering students should use the larger specifications as minimum specifications). Revit and SolidWorks users should check the video card recommendations at the vendor’s web sites.


Approximate Cost $1,000 - $1,500

 

Desktop

Laptop

Computer Processor

Intel i7 or dual Xeon E5

Intel i5

Memory

6-8 GB

4 - 8 GB

Hard Drive

1TB

500GB

DVD+RW

Optional

Optional

Video Card

512 MB (1 GB Preferred)

256 MB (512 MB Preferred)

Monitor

22" Flat Panel (24" or dual 20" Preferred)

User preference weight vs. size

Ethernet

Yes

Ethernet adaptor

Wireless

Optional

Yes

Sound Card with Speakers

Optional

Optional

2nd Laptop Battery

 

Optional

2nd A/C Adapter

 

Optional

Warranty 4yr Parts/Labor

Yes

Yes

Theft/Damage Insurance

 

Recommended


The University of Wyoming now provides free copies of Office Professional Plus 2010/2013 to enrolled students. Check out http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/SOFTWARE/students/.

For more information on free software for students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science checkout http://www.uwyo.edu/ceas/info/computer-resources.html.

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