Device Recommendations for Undergraduates

All Western Engineering students have full access to dedicated 24/7 lab environments that provide all the software and hardware that they will require for course material. As well, students have access to educational software at no charge, including Microsoft products and course software. This software may be installed on personal computers where licenses permit. 

General guidelines for personal devices are listed below.

Specification

Minimal Performance / Entry Level Specifications

Better Performance / Longer Term Specifications

CPU

Intel i5 or AMD Equivalent 

Intel i7 or AMD Equivalet

Memory

8GB

16GB

Graphics Processing Unit

Integrated

NVIDIA GPU with 1GB VRAM or AMD Equivalent

Hard Drive

250GB SSD

512GB+ SSD

To ensure compatibility with Solidworks, please ensure the video card within your device is listed here.  http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html


Windows vs. Mac

Course software is Windows-based in almost all instances. A Mac is acceptable, however students may encounter some issues depending on the software package required. Students who choose to use a Mac computer will need to find a way to run Windows on their computer, either through Virtual Machine software or the Mac Boot Camp assistant.

As a result of these complications, ITG recommends that Engineering students use a Windows computer.