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Building Construction

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

2021-2022 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students



Laptop recommended
Note: Chromebook not recommended

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)
Many applications for the Building Construction major are Windows only. In order to minimize burden on students we recommend getting a Windows 10 PC and not a Mac. Using a Mac is possible, but the student is responsible for setting it up to run Windows.

Processor Speed

Intel Xeon or i7/i9

Memory (RAM)

32 GB or higher

Hard Drive

Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)


Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)


802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)


3 Year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4 Year is highly recommended)


Software Suite: Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: MAC OS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.


Building Construction Bundle


Any backup method of choice including cloud-based services like Google Drive.

Additional Requirements     
DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4GB of video memory required.

Rick Craig