Our Information

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.


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)


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


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).


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

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