College of Architecture

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We feature a variety of Apple, Microsoft Surface and Dell devices that meet the unique requirements for the College of Architecture.  If you desire another brand or configuration, please email [email protected] and we will customize a system to meet your specific needs.

 

Protection Plans Offered:

Microsoft Surface Complete for Business

EXCLUSIVE at 12th Man Technology - Accidental Damage coverage with Advance Exchange (Express Ship also available).  No deductible.  Limit 2 incidents.

Safeware

Accidental damage (total coverage up to value of device) with $0 deductible and now (as of May 1, 2020) includes theft coverage for the entire term of the plan (available for all brands)

AppleCare+

3-year protection plan covers up to 2 incidents of accidental damage w/$99 or $299 deductible depending on the damage, 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone

Dell ProSupport Plus

Dell’s most comprehensive 4-year protection plan including 24/7 US-based hardware and software phone support and accidental damage coverage.  No deductible.  Limit 1 incident each 12 months.

 

While we do not anticipate you will have to use this, we offer on-campus check-in for your repair needs.  Our technicians are certified in Microsoft*, Apple and Dell.  We facilitate repairs and exchanges for Microsoft Surface systems purchased from our store.   While we repair all Apple and Dell personal computers, we offer a free loaner** for those who purchased the unit from our store.

 

The Network Essentials Bundle includes a USB-C to Ethernet adapter and an Ethernet cable.

The Aggie Essentials Bundle includes a 1TB external hard drive and a multi-port adapter.

The Aggie Bundle, our most popular bundle. includes all the items in the above bundles PLUS a 6' HDMI cable and an ATM sleeve.

The Works Bundle includes a dock, external display, and printer. Now available for pre-order.

Save up to 25% on bundles when purchasing your device. Discount already applied.

 

 * Microsoft has provided our technicians with their troubleshooting toolkit.  While our technicians facilitate the exchange, Microsoft services the Surface systems at their depot.

** Subject to availability

*** Students do not need to purchase Microsoft Office.  Student software will be available at http://software.tamu.edu once enrolled ***

FROM COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE WEBSITE

Introduction

The College of Architecture requires all students to have a personal laptop. This laptop is required to perform classroom activities based on the courses taken. As of the Fall 2005 semester, all incoming students in the College of Architecture are required to possess a laptop computer.

 

Personal Laptop Support

ITS will provide assistance in connecting to college of architecture resources, including network connectivity, access to networked file storage, and printing resources. ITS staff and student workers are not responsible for any loss of data or functionality while assisting the students in connecting to university/college resources.

The Texas A&M Division of IT Help Desk can provide hardware/software support. For more information please refer to their web pages for Help Desk Central and Getting Help.

 

Laptop Hardware Recommendations

Overview

Congratulations new Aggies! We're excited for your new journey ahead of you. To help in your success, the College or Architecture has put together a list of generic requirements for your laptop. Because there are so many models and possible configurations of laptops in the market today, we are only able to make minimum hardware recommendations for your laptop at the moment.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for all College of Architecture students:

  • Intel i7 processor 7th generation or higher (This is the brain of the computer. The faster the speed, the faster it can process data/projects.)

  • 16 - 32 GB of RAM or more (The RAM is the computers “working” memory. RAM allows a computer to work with more information at the same time, which usually has a dramatic effect on total system performance. The more RAM a computer has, the more efficient it will be while running large programs such as AutoCAD for projects.)

  • 256 - 512 GB storage Solid State Drive (SSD) or more (the more storage a computer has, the more projects, documents, etc. you can store. SSD storage will allow a computer to turn on and open projects significantly faster than traditional HDD storage but tends to be more expensive.)

  • Graphics Card GTX 1050 or Quadro P2000 equivalent or better. 

  • Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 or better (A higher resolution will allow projects to fit on the screen more effectively.) 

Architecture Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Architecture majors are also recommended additional requirements of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop (most of the software used in the Architecture industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is often not sufficient for the needs of the software.)

  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

Construction Science Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Co-Sci majors are also recommended additional requirements of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop (most of the software used in Co-Sci industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is often not sufficient for the needs of the software.)

  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Land and Urban Planning majors are also recommended an additional requirement of:

  • Not a MacOS laptop. (most of the software used in Land and Urban Planning industry is not compatible with MacOS. It is possible to load Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp but the hardware found in Mac laptops is often not sufficient for the needs of the software.)

  • Discrete graphics (the additional graphics chip provides the processing power required by industry standard software. The more RAM this chip has, the better it'll be able to handle large, complex models. Nvidia chipset is recommended.)

Visualization Majors

In addition to the requirements for all College of Architecture students, Viz majors are also recommended an additional requirements of:

  • a MacOS laptop (Much of the software used in Viz industry is only compatible with MacOS.)