Recommended Computer \ Architecture

Fall 2024 - Spring 2025

Students will need to purchase a computer for studio before beginning the 1st semester of 2nd year.

Some computer components have been in short supply recently, so it is recommended to order your computer as early as possible in spring/early summer. You are expected to have it available to use at the start of the first semester of second year.


Dell Workstations

Dell Precision 3680 Tower Workstation

    • Intel® Core™ i9 14th Gen 14900K
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • Nvidia RTX 2000 Ada, 16 GB GDDR6, 4 mDP to DP
    • 32GB: 2 x 16 GB, DDR5, 4400 MT/s, non-ECC
    • 1 TB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe, SSD
    • 4 Year ProSupport plus
    • $3,204

Dell Precision 5490 Mobile Workstation

    • Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 185H vPro® Enterprise
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • NVIDIA® RTX™ 1000 Ada Generation, 6 GB GDDR6
    • 32 GB: LPDDR5x, 7467 MT/s, dual-channel (onboard)
    • 1 TB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe, SSD, Class 40
    • Upgrade to 4 Years ProSupport (You must select this option before purchasing.)
    • $3,432

Online orders:
Jeremy Morse
Business Development Manager
Dell | EDU Member Purchase Program

Lenovo Workstations

Lenovo Workstation ThinkStation P3 Ultra (30HBS4F900)

    • 14th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-14900 vPro® Processor
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • NVIDIA RTX™ A2000 12GB GDDR6
    • 32 GB, 2 x 16GB DDR5-4000MHz (SODIMM)
    • 1 TB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 Performance TLC Opal
    • 4Y Onsite Warranty
    • $2,012

Lenovo Notebook ThinkPad P16v Gen 2 (21KYS04900)

    • Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 185H vPro® Processor
    • Windows 11 Pro 64
    • NVIDIA RTX™ 3000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6
    • 32 GB DDR5-5600MHz (SODIMM) - (2 x 16 GB)
    • 1 TB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 Performance TLC Opal
    • 4Y Onsite Warranty
    • 4Y Accidental Damage Protection
    • $2,404

Online orders: Lenovo Student Purchasing
Joe Kenney
Senior Account Executive
Higher Education KS/NE/SD/ND/WY/MT
Lenovo United States


4 year on-site warranty is highly recommended.
These systems include a substantial discount for this warranty.


27" wide aspect 16:9 monitor
2560x1440 @ 60 hz
Lenovo ThinkVision P27q-30 27 inch Monitor


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.

Removable storage

  • Flash drive.
  • External hard drive. Capacity should exceed the internal hard drive capacity of the computer, used for backups and archiving.
    $100 - $200


Windows 11 Pro 64bit
Included with systems listed above.
There are multiple versions of Windows 11, ensure you have the PRO version and not the HOME version.

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

Adobe Creative Cloud
Software may be purchased from Adobe at academic discounts.
Check Adobe's storefront for current pricing.

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

Rhino3D Software
Available for purchase online. Required for Digital Architecture 1 course in first semester of second year.

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

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.