Purchasing a PC

Computer specifications for students
2014 - 2015

This information is not intended for incoming APDesign freshman. First year students will not use a computer for studio work.

Each department has specific software requirements that will shape the appropriate individual computer purchases. Students are responsible for making themselves familiar with all department requirements before purchasing a computer.


Interior Architecture & Product Design

Landscape Architecture,Regional & Community Planning

Ph.D. in Environmental Design 

System requirements:


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Purchasing a PC


- Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit. <- Important!!!

- Microsoft Office.

- Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard.
Design & Web Premium is an optional recommendation for additional web design features.
Master Collection is an optional recommendation for additional video production features.
Creative Cloud is an optional recommendation for a wide range of applications offered as a subscription from Adobe.

- Autodesk applications offered via the Autodesk Education Community.
Available FREE at: http://students.autodesk.com.
It is recommended to wait until you have received the syllabus from your instructor before downloading and installing Autodesk applications.

- SketchUp.
Available FREE at: http://www.sketchup.com/

- Google Earth.
Available FREE at: http://earth.google.com/

- K-State Antivirus Software.
Available FREE at: http://antivirus.k-state.edu/

Additional software may be specified in your instructor’s course syllabus.

Software can be purchased from the K-State Union Computer Store at academic discounts.

Note:  When you come to college, bring copies of your operating system, office suite and other software installation media (including product keys and licenses) in case a reformat or reinstall becomes necessary.  
If a virus or other malware compromises your computer, the system will be blocked from accessing the network until it has been repaired.  Once infected, often the only repair procedure accepted is to reformat the computer’s hard drive.
See www.k-state.edu/policies/ppm/3430.html

Recommended options

- Insurance.
Protect your investment from accidental damage or theft. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and verify coverage, recommend purchase of a separate policy for your equipment if necessary.

- Color printer.  
11” x 17” capability encouraged

Dell Systems for APDesign Students


Follow this link to our Dell storefront for discounted systems recommended by APDesign.
Once the website loads, follow the link "Recommended Business Systems"

Dell Precision T3610 Desktop Workstation is a system recommended for most students.

Dell Mobile Precision M2800 Laptop Workstation is recommended for Regional Community Planning students.