How to Choose a Computer for Architecture

How to Choose a Computer for Architecture

A guide to choosing the best computers for architecture. Whether you’re a student, pro, or in a related discipline, this video will walk you through my methodology and selection criteria. I discuss in detail:
– Laptops vs. Desktop Systems
– Mac vs. Windows
– Software (commonly used and requirements)
– Hardware: CPU, Graphics Cards, Monitors
Along with this, you’ll see why I chose the system I did and what it means to my architecture practice. A truly behind-the-scenes look at my architecture practice.

// GEAR I USE //
*2017 Apple iMac:

*Mavic Pro by DJI:

* Canon 80D:

* Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 10 – 18mm f4.5 – 5.6 IS Lens:

* Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.):
* ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic):

* Prismacolor Markers:
* Timelapse Camera:
* AutoCAD LT:
* SketchUp PRO:
* HP T120 Plotter:
* Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan:

* Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit:

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  1. Vagesh Vagesh on June 22, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Running windows on macbook pro can we install pirated software of autocad & revit ? By downloading it by torrent or any other links ? As my student license is expired , even autodesk subscription is too expensive !

  2. Lea on June 22, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Can I get a laptop instead?

  3. Jim austin on June 22, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Hi! What do you think of Aorus 15 X9? It has i-7 8750 RTX 2070 with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD. I mainly use AutoCad, sketchup or Rhino for modeling and Lumion for rendering. Photoshop for post production.

  4. Farid kekere-ekun on June 22, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Hi. Is the hp specter x 360 5t good for AutoCad, Revit, Robot etc. I study civil engineering

  5. GAMING INFORMER on June 22, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Its 2020 and still this video helped me alot
    I am student of architecture
    And you have been a great source of help and motivation for me
    Thanks alot
    Keep growing and doing great ❤
    Lots of love and support from Nepal❤

  6. Chitlins Laundry on June 22, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I didn’t smash the like button I just touched it, I hope it was enough thank you!

  7. Nathan R. on June 22, 2021 at 12:31 am


    Xps, or macbook pro

  8. Chhuntry Monyvan-M2 on June 22, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Do you have any recommendations for 800 USD or less for architecture student. Please help! I’m planning to buy 1 but I don’t have much money.

  9. tom dailey on June 22, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I had CAD Drafting in “Archutorture” School in 1984. The entire class was working off one main frame computer. You had to back up what you did that day on a Floppy Disk that you carried in your backpack. Multiple floppy disks. When the computer went down, no one could work. If it went down during class, you would lose everything you were working on that day. Watching how many tools are available today. Seems like cheating. Two years to learn how to render. Perspectives. Now “click” look from any view. Add car, tree, person. Sun ,shade hours learning that. Have fun with all these tools at your disposal. Makes for better presentation. 35 years in the business. One thing I learned. You can be doing the best Architecture in the world. If you don’t have a client with money, its all for pleasure.

  10. George Harvey on June 22, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Hi Eric! I know this is pretty late, but some of my friends have been telling me to get asus Zen Book duo UX481. I was hoping if you had any thoughts towards it! Thank you!

  11. Prasad Thite on June 22, 2021 at 12:34 am

    What are your review for Acer Predators

  12. Jithin Unnikrishnan on June 22, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Please update the video for 2021 computers. Thanks

  13. Yamete Senpai on June 22, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Can someone help me to choose between i7- gtx1650ti vs i5- rtx2060 or i7- gtx1060 . I’m an Architecture student.

  14. Henok Abebe on June 22, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I like your video

  15. karlo mario Arteaga on June 22, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I bought a MSI 15" Prestige in January, but I’m still using it although sometimes I have problems with autocad, from one moment to another it shows me the typical message: FATAL ERROR, even so I’m still waiting for the best moment to be able to buy a 27 "iMac even when the shortcut command of the autocad are not the same, at least at the time I used autocad for mac in 2018..Best Wishes from Peru

  16. Shashank Gulati on June 22, 2021 at 12:38 am

    what about srgb or adobe rgb or ntsc percentage? is it really required to have high percentage?

  17. Jessica Kirk on June 22, 2021 at 12:39 am

    I have a Mac and the only thing I don’t like is having to switch over to my windows bootcamp side whenever I want to use programs like Revit or Cad.

  18. FASSAL A B on June 22, 2021 at 12:40 am

    sir , I using AutoCAD, Civil 3D , Navisworks , Rivet etc… if you please recommend best one macbook or laptop ( include processor and model) please reply

  19. Mariana Bernardes on June 22, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I’ve never seen such an equilibrium between technical and user experience for architects! I’ve looked all over YouTube and found explanations way too Computer Engineering sided, that went in one year and out the other. And the majority of videos aimed at architects are way too simplistic. Dude, this video is the perfect balance between anything I needed here!!!!

  20. Cole Underwood on June 22, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Man just starting on my architecture school journey! Love your channel and love all of this information!

  21. Harkamal Singh on June 22, 2021 at 12:42 am

    umm.. pls can toy tell me i have i5 83565u quad core ovrclocked at 3.9 ghz 8 gb ram
    nvidia mx 250 gpu is it good for these software

  22. Nicolas Viel on June 22, 2021 at 12:43 am

    heyyy love your videos,so helpfull! can u talk about the new m1 mac mini fot architecture? thankss

  23. Nicolas Viel on June 22, 2021 at 12:45 am

    could you do a new video about this with the expected specs or best specs fot achitecture please?

  24. charlemagne pabualan on June 22, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Very helpful info, thank you!

  25. Matt on June 22, 2021 at 12:45 am

    For anyone watching in 2020 looking for a specific laptop to look for, the ASUS Zenbook 15 is an incredible laptop that fits the criteria extremely well. There a few variants, so double check the specs before you buy, but the price is practically a steal for what you’re getting

  26. Pensil Mekanik on June 22, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Love this chanel🥰🥰

    Hello from INDONESIA

  27. mr.nobody on June 22, 2021 at 12:46 am

    what do you mean by good tools

  28. Wheelchair Tony on June 22, 2021 at 12:47 am


  29. محمد ستار on June 22, 2021 at 12:48 am

    شكراً لك ولدكتور بلال

  30. Francisco Hernandez on June 22, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I’m planing to become a architecture, but is Alien laptop that meant for gaming ok to be used for different purposes

  31. GaQuan White on June 22, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Thank you. I have a question on architectural school. I’m planning on taking architect class and was recommended to use PC over Mac because of professor will be using windows software. I’m better with apple OS over windows OS. Shpuld I go with an apple MacBook due to familiarity or go with windows PC to be able follow along with the professor?

  32. farrukh soatov on June 22, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Бля как я сюда попал?

  33. D Neuman on June 22, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I am a hobbyist drafter not architect.

  34. observer7418 on June 22, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I can run AutoCad, Photoshop AI and Office all at the same time on my 6yr old Lenovo T450 Think pad,

  35. lasarith2 on June 22, 2021 at 12:54 am

    1:23 ah the days when laptops came with a dvd drive.

  36. Luis Lacuin on June 22, 2021 at 12:59 am

    can i send you a letter?

  37. Neos Interino on June 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    im currently working on my undergraduate thesis and been wanting to learn what devices work best in terms of productivity and final output. this video helped me a lot in terms of considering my laptop purchase. thank you and keep up the good work!!

  38. Er, Kysar on June 22, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Thanku man ♂️

  39. MUAJEB ALMUAJEB on June 22, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I like your videos.

  40. Wissam Radwan on June 22, 2021 at 1:04 am

    What about acer nitro 5 is it good?

  41. ArchitectureSketch on June 22, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Disclaimer: the most needed PC is the most expensive one that you cant afford😶

  42. Kayima Daniel on June 22, 2021 at 1:05 am

    It’s 3 years ago but someone can appreciate it even today. Thanks for the video.

  43. Division Ducky on June 22, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Basically mostly apple computers ..

  44. MOHAMED HAYIR on June 22, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Can you Talk about the new Mac pro M1 chip. how it performs by using with Lumion and Revit and also Archicad. thank you f=very much . i wish you do that as soon as possible. because i have the money so before i use it i want buy earlier

  45. Abdelmoumene El Mamoun on June 22, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Truly you are a great Architect ! i admire all the hard work you put into this channel, great work!

  46. Ibrahim Asim on June 22, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Hello, 2021

  47. Dennis Ogan on June 22, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I’ve been a draftsman for over 40 years. I have an HP Pavilion HPE v9 Seriece desktop and an HP Pavilion dv7 laptop with a 15" monitor. I also have twin 24" Samsung monitors and a logitech MK710 keyboard. I purchased most of this in 2012 when I started my own business back in Portland. When I started my business I also purchased the Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 from Autodesk for around $9800.00. My PC and laptop run on Windows 7 Pro. In the past 8 years I have not had any problems with the software or hardware, but I need to upgrade everything. I would love to keep my current setup but none of the new Autodesk products will run on Windows 7. I find it painful the move to the subscription based software because of the crazy high cost and Autodesk will not give me anything as a trade-in for my current software. Should I sell it all and bite the bullet or try to work off two separate platforms? Any suggestions would be helpful. I plan to stay in business for another 4-5 years. Moving to Dallas, Texas was the smartest decision I have ever made. I love what I do and it keeps me out of trouble.

  48. Kayo Sousa on June 22, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I have a question Mr. Reinholdt, how come you said that on a mac, bootcamp, and having to reboot all the time is a pain but you work on a mac?

  49. matthias van ark on June 22, 2021 at 1:18 am

    I have a 1050TI and it works fine in ArchiCAD and photoshop, but it crashes while I am working in rendering programs. Wish i bought a 1060😅

  50. José Abreu on June 22, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Hi, I would like to know if you can do and update this video Please.

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