Computer Specifications

All programs in the Department of Applied Design are computer intensive. Currently, students are requested to have a laptop computer for each of the programs and some programs require the laptop. A docking station for the laptop can be purchased for the dormitory. The technology is advancing so rapidly, it is difficult to anticipate software and hardware changes during the four year college experience. While these specifications are developed to ensure maximum viability of computers for the college experience, software upgrades may drive more sophisticated hardware requirements and may require upgrades or replacements of the computers prior to completing the degree. Below you will find specifications for computers that will provide maximum longevity for students entering Appalachian State University.

Appalachian State University provides computer technical support to students, faculty, and staff: http://support.appstate.edu

Dell™ and Apple™ offer Appalachian State University Students with purchasing options.

Purchases may be made through the Appalachian State Bookstore and Computer shop.

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows 10 64 mb OS
  • Intel® i5 Processor, Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended
  • 8.0 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Dedicated Video Card with Deadicated RAM
  • 17 Inch Monitor (or larger), can be smaller for Laptop portability
  • DVD-ROM Drive

Recommended

  • Windows 10 64 mb OS
  • Intel® i7 Processor, Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended
  • 16.0 GB RAM
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Dedicated Video Card with Deadicated RAM
  • 19 Inch Monitor or Larger,  can be smaller for Laptop portability
  • DVD/RW+ Drive