Recommended Computer \ Regional & Community Planning
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
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.
The K-State Union Computer Store is available to help students customize and purchase systems including possible Dell promotions and other discounts.
Please purchase one of the following:
4 year on-site warranty is highly recommended.
The Dell systems include a substantial discount for this warranty.
24" wide aspect 16:9 monitor
1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
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 for laptops highly recommended.
Desktops have a built in Ethernet.
$10 - $50
Video camera and microphone for desktops highly recommended.
Laptops have a built in webcam.
- Flash drive.
- External hard drive. Capacity should exceed the internal hard drive capacity of the computer, used for backups and archiving.
$100 - $200
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Included with Dell systems listed above.
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.
Additional software may be specified in your instructor’s course syllabus.
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.