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Recommended Computer Specifications

Looking to buy a new computer for school? The following are the current recommendations for specifications when purchasing a new computer. A new computer should meet the minimum ("Good") requirements. You may choose to upgrade some of these aspects (such as memory or hard drive space), based on your personal needs.

Online students should review the D2L Hardware and Sofware Requirements as well.

PC Recommended Specifications

 Aspect  Good  Better
Processor 2.2GHZ 32-bit 3.2 Dual Core 64-bit
Memory (RAM) 4GB 8GB
Hard Drive 160 GB 500GB
Operating System Windows 7 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit
Peripherals 8x DVD+/-RW 24x DVD+/-RW or better


Mac Recommended Specifications

Note: While some students prefer Apple computers, there are may be compatibility issues with these systems and some instructional software. The following are provided for those who prefer to buy a Mac computer.

 Aspect  Good  Better
Processor 2.4GHz Core2 Duo 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
Memory (RAM) 4GB 8GB
Hard Drive 250GB 500GB
Operating System OS X 10.4 "Tiger" OS X "Snow Leopard" and/
or Windows 7 (dual boot)
Peripherals DVD-RW/CD-RW Superdrive 8x


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Help Desk.

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