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Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements

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As you probably know, all Drexel students are required to have access to a personal computer. Below are our computer specifications for each Westphal College major. Regardless of major, your computer should have modem and Ethernet connection capability. If you purchase a laptop, we recommend purchasing a cable-type computer lock and a wireless networking option. More information about our networks is available at: Drexel Networking Support.

During freshmen year, most students will use their computers primarily for email, web access, research, and writing. Therefore, if you already have a computer, bring that with you and delay purchase of a new system until sophomore year. As you progress, your studio coursework will demand greater computing power, and you will be better able to determine your own computing needs and preferences.



Computer Specifications

Each program within the College has different computing requirements. Please refer to list of programs and their allowed platforms below to guide your purchase. Unless your program is specifically indicated below, either platform will suffice.

Program Platform
Architecture Windows Laptop (see below for details)
Interior Design Windows Laptop (see below for details)
Film & Video Windows Desktop or Laptop
Graphic Design Apple Laptop or iMac (see below for details)
Music Industry Apple Laptop


Minimum Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements for the computer that you will be purchasing. Any information not listed here, such as cdrom drives, etc, is completely up to you and your budget.

Apple

MacBook Pro, 13-inch or 15-inch

Component Recommendation
Processor 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5
Hard Drive 500 GB hard drive 7200 RPMs
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/n/c at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – Drexel top speeds/security require 5 GHz)
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro

iMac, 21.5-inch display

Component Recommendation
Processor 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
Hard Drive 1 TB hard drive
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/n/c at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – Drexel top speeds/security require 5 GHz)
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac

Windows

Component Recommendation
Processor Intel i series; e.g. i5 or greater recommended
Installed Memory 8 GB
Operating System Vista or 7 32bit/64bit (Professional or above)
Hard Drive 500 GB hard drive, 7200 RPMs
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/n/c at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – Drexel top speeds/security require 5 GHz)


Additional Requirements

Architecture

Graphic Design

Interior Design

Component Recommendation
Installed Memory 8 GB
Graphics Card Nvidia Quadro


All Majors

Note: We strongly recommend all majors purchase a portable hard drive for backups or use a cloud based backup service (such as CrashPlanCarbonite or Connected Backup). The hard drive should have the following specifications: FireWire and USB 2.0 connection, 500GB minimum. For Film & Video, Screenwriting & Playwriting, and Digital Media programs, we recommend at least a 1TB hard drive for yours projects; so students can work on any workstation in the computer labs.

Note: Many students will find having a USB 2.0 keychain-type storage device or a small portable hard drive convenient for transferring files between their personal computer and computers in our design studios.

Note: You do not need to purchase Antivirus software with you computer. That software, along with some others, is available free to all drexel students. To see all of the sofware that is available please visit the Drexel Software site.

Note: Drexel students purchasing through DrexelOne receive an added $25 discount on any MacBook Pro bundled with the 3-year AppleCare plan

Further data about computer purchases is available via Drexel's web site here.