Buying a New Computer

Recommended Configurations

Considering a new computer? Need a powerhouse workstation, or just a basic notebook? See below for our recommended configurations.

IMPORTANT: Before you buy, individuals interested in purchasing computers, accessories, and supplies should visit the Computer Discounts for Students, Faculty and Staff page of the University's Web site for a list of vendor discounts.

PC Desktop System Configurations

PC Desktop System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

12- 16 GB Memory

Hard Drive

1 TB Disk Drive

2+ TB Disk Drive or Solid State Drive

Graphics 1 GB Dedicated Video Card

2+ GB Dedicated Video Card

Networking

Wireless Networking Card for WiFi connections

Wireless Networking Card for WiFi connections

Approximate Price $850 - $,1000 $1,300 - $1,700

PC Notebook System Configurations

PC Notebook System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

8 GB Memory

Hard Drive

1+ TB Disk Drive

1+ TB Disk Drive

Graphics

Dedicated Video Card

Dedicated 1 GB Video Card

Networking

Built-in or USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Built-in or USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Approximate Price $900- $1,200 $1,200 - $2,000

Macintosh Desktop System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

16 GB Memory

Hard Drive

1 TB Disk Drive

1 TB Fusion Drive or Flash Drive

Graphics

1 GB Video Card

2+ GB Video Card

Approximate Price $1,500 - $1,700 $2,000 - $2,500

Macintosh Notebook System Configurations

Macintosh Notebook System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Model

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

8 GB Memory

Hard Drive

256 GB or 512 GB Disk Drive

512 GB Flash Storage

Graphics

Intel Iris Graphics

NVIDIA 2 GB Video Card

Networking

USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Approximate Price $1,500 - $1,800 $2,300 - $2,600
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