My son will be in Architecture foundation unit this fall, and I know he needs to have a laptop and a lot of expensive software (thankfully his scholarship includes $1500 technology allowance). The CADC undergraduate handbook that we received at Camp War Eagle has a list of minimum requirements for laptops for architecture students, so that's a good starting point. My son and I are debating whether to max out processor speed, memory, video card, etc. now, or get a more basic laptop and replace it in a couple years with something more powerful once he has a better idea exactly what is needed. Also curious whether 15" display is sufficient or should he go up to 17". I'd appreciate hearing from any other architecture parents regarding what route they took.