CEID Hardware Recommendations

Welcome to the Downtown Makerspace Hardware Recommendations webpage!

Many of the software packages students & faculty may be utilizing to complete coursework and research during your time with the university requires an above average performance computer heavily dependent on fast processing, fast storage & high-output GPU's. The hardware recomendations shown below constitue a comuter system that meets or exceeds minimum performance needed with an anticipated lifespan of 2 to 5 years depending on your selection.

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We have partnered with Dell Computer to offer preconfigured recommendations for Architecture and Engineering students at a reduced cost.

It is not a requirement that a system is purchased through this special program. However, if you wish to explore your options click on the link provided below.

Faculty &  Staff can also purchase computers and accessories for personal use through the program as well!

Laptop & Desktop Recomendations for New Purchases

Hardware Component Recommended (Basic)
Recommended (Advanced)
Processor Intel i7/i9 six core or AMD Intel i7/i9/Xeon six+ core or AMD equivalent
Memory 16.0 GB with expansion space or 32 GB 32 GB
Hard Drive 512 GB SSD 1TB GB SSD or larger
Video Card (1) 4GB or more Nvidia GeForce/Quadro VR Ready NVIDIA Quadro or GeForce


Screen Size (2) 14-17 inch 17 inch
Networking (Wireless) 802.11 a/g/n/ac 802.11 a/g/n/ac
Networking (Wired) 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Peripheral Connectivity USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Warranty 5 year + accidental damage (# of years should match program length – minimum 5 year + accidental damage (# of years should match program length – minimum