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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Recommended Computer \ Regional & Community Planning
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Non-baccalaureate students will need to purchase a computer before they take LAR 580 or LAR 704 (5th semester).
Post-baccalaureate students
will need to purchase a computer before they begin their 1st semester.


If you already own a desktop or laptop computer (meeting the minimum specs as the Dell Inspiron i5 shown below), then you are prepared for your studies. If you would like to purchase a computer, the system recommended below is a good value combining capabilities and price.

The K-State Union Computer Store is available to help students customize and purchase systems including possible Dell promotions and other discounts.
Click here for quote that includes the following systems.
Please purchase one of the following:

  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series i5 (Listed as Option 4, $950)
  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series i7 (Listed as Option 5, $1180)
    $950- $1200


A 4 year warranty is highly recommended.
The Dell systems include a substantial discount for this warranty.


29" ultra wide aspect (21:9) monitor
2560 x 1080 at 60 Hz
$200 - $500


Surge suppressor power strip or uninterruptible power supply.
6ft cord minimum (up to 10ft) with 6 outlets.
$25 - $250


Cat 6 Ethernet cable.
10ft to 15ft recommended.
$5 - $15

Ethernet adapter dongle for laptops required.
USB 3.0 and 1GbE recommended. 
$10 - $50

Removable storage

  • Flash drive.
  • External hard drive which meets or exceeds your hard drive capacity (for backups).
    $100 - $200


Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Included with Dell systems listed above.

Microsoft Office
Available FREE through K-State Office 365 Webmail.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Software may be purchased from the K-State Union Computer Store at academic discounts.
$20 per month

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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
Available FREE under the K-State ESRI Educational Site License. See the ESRI Products, Use, and Sources summary sheet for details concerning desktop and online software options and sources/procedures.

Available FREE at sketchup.com

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

NoteWhen you come to college, bring copies of your operating system and other software installation media (including product keys and licenses) in case a reformat or reinstall becomes necessary.

Recommended options

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.