• Students - Hardware and Software

    As a student, perhaps you have had these same two questions:

    What kind of computer hardware should I purchase?

    Everyone has a different opinion on the best system. There are several factors that should be considered when purchasing a computer.

    Minimum recommended standards for a desktop system

    PC

    • Dual core processor
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 320 GB hard drive
    • DVD drive

    Apple

    • Intel processor
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 320GB hard drive
    • DVD drive

    Minimum recommended standards for a laptop system

    PC

    • Dual core processor
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 320 GB hard drive
    • DVD drive

    Apple

    • Intel processor
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 320GB hard drive
    • DVD drive

    Any system should have a backup device (External hard drive, CD/DVD RW) to copy and protect important files as well as a USB Flash Drive (1GB or greater) for transferring data. 

     

    What software should I have on my personal computer?

    Operating System (minimum recommended)

    • PC: Windows 7, or newer
    • Apple: MAC OS X 10.8, or newer

    Productivity Suite

    • Microsoft Office 2013 for PC, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

    Web Browser:

    • Mozilla Firefox 24, or newer
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, or newer
    • Apple Safari 6, or newer

    Current and active malware protection software. This is critical!

    Extended warranty program or AppleCare support.