New Computer Recommendations

The three most important features to look for in a new computer are (1) RAM, (2) CPU speed, and (3) disk storage speeds. Please consult the table below for our recommended optimal specifications for a new computer purchase (we encourage you to meet or  exceed these specifications):


Windows Apple

Processor Speed

3 ghz or Faster Intel® i5 or i7 Processor

Operating System

Windows 10

El Capitan 10.11


8 GB (with ability to upgrade if possible)

Hard Disk (storage)

250 GB or larger recommended (SSD is fastest)

Internet & Network

Wireless highly recommended
along with Gigabit

Productivity Software

Microsoft Office 2016 or Live

Virus & Malware Protection

Microsoft Security Essentials

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

last updated on 08.11.2016

HP Online Store
Apple Online Store


We highly recommend purchasing an extended warranty with your computer. Depending on the system, this may be a 3-year or 4-year warranty.

All computers should have some type of removable media drive for data backups and storage. We recommend an external USB hard drive.

Wireless computing is currently supported in many University buildings. Here is a current listing of all University Access Point Locations. We currently have wireless access that supports 802.11g/n and newer equipment.

Most Macintosh and Windows based PCs also come with Gigabit Ethernet which is compatible with our network. You must supply your own Ethernet cable if you wish to plug in. (It is easier to bring one than purchase it locally. We recommend a 25' cable.)

With any new computer purchase we strongly suggest that you also purchase a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). Power sags, spikes, and brownouts are sometimes responsible for loss of equipment and data. The power supply to residential halls is often less stable than you would find in your home or in an office.

You do not need to bring your own printer, but you may do so if you like. Every computer lab on campus has at least one printer in it and so do many of the classrooms and other areas. Most of them are accessible 24/7 and you can print directly to many of these from your own computer or from any of the lab computers.