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Minimum Computer Recommendations

General guidelines

  • Spend as much as you can comfortably afford. The more you invest, the longer your system will remain viable.
  • Technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate. Newer technology is always right around the corner, but this should not deter you from buying the system you need now.
  • Unless you have specific needs, you don't need to acquire the absolutely highest level of current technology. On the other hand, saving a few dollars by buying low on the technology curve does not necessarily represent your best value.
  • Certain majors within the college may have different requirements for computer use; for instance the Graphic Design department uses Photoshop and Illustrator extensively. If you have any concerns that your major may require a computer that is more powerful than these minimum recommendations please contact a representative of the department.
  • Technical specifications are not the whole story. Make sure that you are investing in decent quality components and construction, and that you'll be able to get service for your system from the manufacturer or vendor should the need arise.
  • If possible purchase a USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 2GB
 

Minimum Computer Specifications

For Windows Laptops:

  • Intel i3 series or AMD Quad-Core processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or higher (32 or 64 bit)
  • 2GB RAM or more (4 Recommended)*
  • 250 GB hard drive or larger
  • CDRW/DVD Combo Drive or better
  • Integrated Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • 10/100/1000 Integrated Networking
  • 3 years parts and labor warranty

For Windows Desktops:

  • Intel I3 series or AMD Quad-Core processor
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or higher (32 or 64 bit)
  • 2GB RAM or more (4 Recommended)*
  • 250 GB hard drive or larger
  • CDRW/DVD Combo Drive or better
  • 10/100/1000 Integrated Networking
  • 3 years parts and labor warranty

For Apple Laptops:

  • Current model MacBook or MacBook Pro
  • Mac OS 10.6.X or higher
  • 2GB RAM or more (4 Recommended)
  • 250 GB Hard drive or larger
  • DVD/CD-RW combo drive or CD-RW/DVD-+RW SuperDrive
  • CAT5 Network Interface Cable with RJ-45 type male connectors, 15 feet or longer
  • Airport Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n compatible)
  • 3 years parts and labor warranty

For Apple Desktops:

  • Current model iMac or Mac Pro
  • Mac OS 10.6.X or higher
  • 2GB RAM or more (4 Recommended)
  • 250GB hard drive or larger
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD+_R DL/DVD+_RW/CD-RW)
  • 10/100BaseT Network Interface Card
  • 3 years parts and labor warranty

*Note: The more RAM you have available, the better your experience will be. Windows 32 bit systems cannot recognize more than 3GB of RAM. To fully utilize 4 or more GBs of RAM you must run a 64 bit Windows operating system.

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