Computer Specification

All design students at Becker College are required to have a computer on campus. While no specific computer brand or model is required, a general specification and examples of suitable machines are provided.

Basic minimum specifications (Revised May 2012, pdc)

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (SP1), 64 bit Edition (SP2),
  • Intel® Core™ i5-2520M Dual Core or faster, or AMD® equivalent (see specifications of models below)
  • 4 – 8 GB RAM
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
  • Certified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card (see list below)
  • 3-button mouse with mouse driver software
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher or Firefox web browser

Pick a computer with specs equal to or greater than any of these acceptable computers (laptops and desktops):


Dell M4500
Dell M4600
Dell M6500
Dell M6600
HP EliteBook 8460w
HP EliteBook 8540w
HP EliteBook 8560w
HP EliteBook 8740w
HP EliteBook 8760w
Lenovo ThinkPad W520


Dell Precision M6500
Dell Precision M6600
Dell Precision R5500
Dell Precision T3500
Dell Precision T3600
Dell Precision T7500
Dell Precision T7600
HP Z71
HP Z210
HP Z400
HP Z420
HP Z600
HP Z620
HP Z800
HP Z820
Lenovo Thinkstation C30
Lenovo Thinkstation D20
Lenovo Thinkstation D30

Any computer selected should have one of the following recommended OpenGL graphics cards and video memory:

Becker College has no relationship with any of these manufacturers or distributors; they are provided only as suggestions.

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