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Computing Requirements

Can I use my existing computer?

Every semester, faculty and students use programs that are more sophisticated than those used in previous years. These more sophisticated applications require faster computers. In general, the newer the computer, the better its owner will be able to make use of PCOM's network.

 

Which computer should I purchase?

Before you purchase a system, we'd urge you to examine how you'd use that computer. Your work habits, possible fields of study, and interests should shape your decision.

  • Decide between a Mac or a Windows system. The platform should match your interests. In general both will work on PCOM's Network.
  • Budget for software as well as hardware. Word processing and spreadsheet software can be purchased with most systems; however, you may also need other software for communications, graphics, and specialized projects. PCOM's Book Store offers discounts on software.
  • Be aware that unauthorized copying of licensed software is illegal.
  • iPads and other tablets may not support every system or program so we recommend using them as a supplement, rather than a replacement, to a traditional computer.

Many of the major vendors, such as Apple, Dell, and HP, offer discounts to students, so be sure to check each vendor's website for the best deal. 

 

Hardware Recommendations

If you are planning on buying a computer to use for the next three or more years, we would recommend that the computer you select meet the following specifications:

Processor Intel Core i3 Processor, or newer
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 or Mac OS X Lion, or newer
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, or newer
Memory (RAM) 4 GB of RAM, or higher
Storage 128 GB Hard Disk, or higher

 

 

Last Updated: 11/5/14