Computer Recommendations

Desktop Specs

  • At least an Intel Core i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 8 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Windows, 7, 8.0, or 8.1
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Graphics card with at least 512MB memory

Laptop Specs

  • At least an Intel Core i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • Windows  10 x64
  • 8 GB of RAM (minimum, 16 GB recommended)
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • Wireless Ethernet (802.11 g/n)

or

  • Apple Macbook Pro*
  • Quad Core i7 Processor (min 2.2 Ghz)
  • 16 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Mac OS 10.11
  • 512 GB hard drive
  • 15.4″ built-in LCD

* IT realizes that the Macbook Pro is a popular choice amongst students. However, most students find themselves working in the Windows side the majority of the time and are left with a non-upgradeable and slower computer (after four years) than students who purchase a more flexible, Windows-based laptop. For example, RAM cannot be replaced or upgraded in a Macbook Pro and hard drives cost a considerable amount more and are proprietary.