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Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) 

Phone: (208) 885-7083
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: vtd@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2491
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2491

Computer Policy

Our current policy is:

  • All Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) majors are required to have a notebook computer and appropriate software for any VTD courses they are enrolled in.
  • All Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) majors who are in good standing and pay the College's Professional Fee, will be provided with a design software application on a yearly basis. The design software application will be designated by the degree program.

The required notebook computers must be in compliance with the specifications outlined below.

CPU:

Intel Core i5 Processor, minimum
Intel Core i7 Processor, recommended

System Memory (RAM):

6+ GB Recommended

Screen Resolution:

1366 x 768, minimum
1920 x 1080, recommended

Screen Size:

15.6" or 17"

Video Chipset:

It is recommended that you specify video chipsets that use dedicated (discrete) RAM. Video chipsets that employ a hybrid memory sharing technology are acceptable. A number of integrated video chipsets rely entirely on shared system RAM, these chipsets are not recommended.

Video Memory (RAM):

1GB, minimum
2GB+, suggested

Network Interface Card (NIC):

10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet

Wireless Network Interface Card:

College of Art and Architecture facilities are wireless ready (802.11 b/g compatable).

Hard Drive:

512GB 5400 rpm, minimum
1TB 7200 rpm, recommended
Solid State Drive, optional for better performance

Removable Storage:

USB Flash Drive (recommended)
USB Hard Drive (good for projects and backup)

Cables:

Video Adapter Cables (must be able to connect to VGA and DVI)

Accessories:

External Mouse (USB or wireless)
Security Lock and Cable
Carrying Case
Notebook Cooling Device
Manufacturer's Extended Warranty

Operating System:

Windows 7 or 8 Professional 64 bit
The HOME versions of Windows are NOT recommended

Mac OS X 10.8
Must purchase and install Windows (BootCamp or Virtual Machine) to run some software (Autdesk, ArcGIS, etc).

Anti-Virus

Security software is available from the University. For more information go to http://support.uidaho.edu/ and login

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