Computer Recommendations

Having your own computer is not required, however, DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore highly recommends that students have or purchase a laptop for the flexibility and portability that they provide for learning and collaboration purposes.

Students who have their laptops prior to Orientation will have the opportunity to configure them for the DigiPen wireless network prior to the start of classes and become oriented with the DigiPen network.

How are students to obtain laptops?

Students may purchase laptops from their preferred vendor. DigiPen does not recommend any specific vendor, model, or platform over others; however, we will list some vendors and laptops that may help you with your search once they are available. Additionally, some software needed for classes may not be available at the same time over different platforms.

What minimum specifications should the laptop meet?

If you already own a laptop or would like to save some money in the immediate future, consider purchasing a laptop that meets the following specifications that will be powerful enough for your first two years and then consider upgrading to a more powerful machine for your junior and senior year. Not only will the cost be lower by the time you need that more powerful technology, but the technology may have improved by that time as well.

Specifications for the first and second year undergraduates

Processor

  • Any quad-core/i7 or better processor with 2.5 GHz
  • 16 GB of RAM minimum

Video Card

  • Dedicated video card, not integrated graphics
  • Support for DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4
  • Mobility Radeon R5 M300 series or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTE 900M or better

Other

  • Minimum two-year warranty (The longer and more inclusive the warranty the better.)
  • 250 GB hard drive, recommended SSD (Solid-state drive)
  • Minimum wireless: 802.11n, recommend wireless: 802.11ac

Specifications recommended for undergraduates wishing to purchase a laptop to use for all four years.

  • Preferred operating system: Windows® 7/ Windows® 10 64-bit with latest service pack.
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor 2.5GHz or better AMD Phenom 2 X4 Quad-core 2.5GHz or better
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 320 GB (Solid-state drvie)
  • ATI/AMD Radeon R5 M300 or better NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series or better, 512MB minimum video RAM, Shader 3.0 or better fully compatible graphics card, latest drivers for the video card
  • Wireless: 802.11n
  • Minimum three-year year warranty

Available Discounts for Students

The Institute does not recommend any specific vendor, model, or platform over others.  However, HP offers discounts for DigiPen students.