Recommended Hardware for GSD Students
For Fall 2013
LAPTOP REQUIREMENT @ GSD:
Increasingly, instruction at the GSD requires meeting in locations and classrooms with only WIFI network, and actively using software in-class, some of it Windows-only; and not just in the relatively small GSD computer lab, equipped with Windows desktop computers. So, ALL GSD STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING TO SCHOOL A LAPTOP COMPUTER CAPABLE OF RUNNING WINDOWS. This requirement reflects the reality that students with only a desktop, or unable to run Windows, will not be able to fully participate in the diversity of educational opportunities and activities essential to today's design education.
While a Mac running Windows (as a 'virtual machine') is an acceptable solution, in our experience a PC Laptop works best in our environment (e.g. Dell or Lenovo). Here are some recommendations to help you choose a laptop for Design computing:
RAM Memory: 4GB or more
Processor: 2Ghz dual core or higher
Graphics Card: 500MB or more dedicated memory capable of displaying resolutions higher than 1024x768
VGA Port or VGA adapter: for connecting to projectors and external monitors found in various meeting spaces throughout the building
Some students find it useful to connect their laptop to a 19-inch or larger monitor for desktop computing.
Below you will find specific hardware requirements for some of the more popular software applications used at the GSD.
AutoCAD - http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/system-requirements/
Rhino - http://www.rhino3d.com/4/systemrequirements.htm
Adobe CS5 - http://www.adobe.com/prod ucts/creativesuite/mastercollection/tech-specs.html
ArcGIS v10 - http://resources.arcgis.com/content/arcgisdesktop/10.0/arcgis-desktop-system-requirements
Note that substantial discounts on Dell and Apple hardware and a wide variety of software can be found at the Harvard Purchasing Portal at http://www.computers.harvard.edu. (requires your HUID and PIN.)
GSD students with a .HARVARD.EDU email address are also eligible for a discount from Lenovo, at http://www.lenovo.com/harvardstudents