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
- 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.
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:
||Intel Core i3 Processor, or newer
||Microsoft Windows 7 or Mac OS X Lion, or newer
||Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, or newer
||4 GB of RAM, or higher
||128 GB Hard Disk, or higher