College of Engineering


Personal Computer Recommendations

 

Microsoft Azure for Education allows engineering students and faculty to download Microsoft software through an agreement between Auburn University's College of Engineering and Microsoft.
Microsoft Azure for Education puts professional developer tools and software in the hands of faculty and students. It allows faculty to challenge and excite their students by teaching with the latest technologies.  http://eng.auburn.edu/ens/helpdesk/azure-account.html

Students, Faculty, and Staff have access to Microsoft Office 365. You may download that from OIT, http://auburn.edu/oit/365/

 Apple and Chromebook laptops will not support most software used in the College of Engineering. If you purchase a Mac or Chromebook, you should not expect to be able to download or run software from your device.  Engineering does not require students own a laptop.  You are welcome to purchase a Mac, but you will need to use a computer lab to run required software for schoolwork. This includes Computer Science.

 

desktop-specifications

Desktop Computer

Minimum

Desiring More

Processor

Intel i5

Intel Core i7+

RAM

8 GB

16 GB+

Hard Disk

500 GB SSD

1TB SSD + 1Tb HDD 

Monitor

24+" External LCD

Dual 24+" External LCDs

Video Card

integrated Graphics Media Accelerator

4GB+ nVidia PCI-Express (PCI-E)

Optical Drive (optinal)

None (might be cheaper with)

16X DVD+/-R

Wireless Network Card

On-campus: 802.11 ac+ either built-in or via USB adapter
Off-campus: Optional

On-campus: 802.11 ac+ either built-in or via USB adapter
Off-campus: Optional

Speakers

Powered PC Speakers

Powered PC Speakers


Laptop specifications

Notebook Computer

Minimum

Desiring More

Processor

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7+

RAM

8 GB

16 GB+

Hard Disk

500 GB SSD

 1TB SSD+

LCD Screen

13" LCD

14" LCD+

Video Card

On-board Graphics Media Accelerator

2Gb+ Video Card

Optical Drive
Optional

Optional

Wireless Network Card

802.11 ac Built-in

802.11 ac+ Built-in

Web Camera

Built-in

Built-in