BSCI Student Fiona Bangoy using laptop in the Vis Lab in Gorrie Center

Laptop Specifications

Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science is committed to providing advanced educational facilities and experiences for students in preparation for professional life. To provide the level of digital input technologies that professional education demands, all graduate students joining the MBC program are required to have a serviceable laptop computer with a minimum system configuration.

A Windows machine is required to run the necessary programs. MACS ARE NOT SUPPORTED. We suggest purchasing a Windows-based laptop with the following specifications:

Component Recommended Specifications (Rev: January 29, 2020)
PC Processor Multi-Core Intel Xeon or I-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology; 2Ghz+
RAM 16GB or higher (32 GB recommended)
Hard Disk 1 TB or greater (7200 RPM or higher, solid state drive recommended)
Optical Drive (optional) DVD +/- RW
Communications Built-in Ethernet and Wireless g/n/ac (Bluetooth 4.0/5.0 suggested)
Display Size 15″ or larger
Suggested Warranty 3 year on-site service support with accidental damage coverage
Suggested Accessories for Data Storage 1 TB External HD for backup (USB 3.0 or better)
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit)
Battery 6 cell Li-ion battery
Estimate Purchase Price $1,200 – $2,000
Replacement Schedule Every 3 years with above specifications

David Royer

David Royer

BSCI Unit Technology Manager
(334) 844-8812