Personal Purchasing Recommendations

We, the Office of Technology Services, have no specific requirements regarding the minimum specifications of computers owned by students. We do, however, offer the following recommendations to you as a resource to be referenced when considering the purchase of computer hardware and software for student use.

Desktop Computers

  • Memory (RAM) - 4GB Minimum
  • Processor (CPU) - Intel I5 or I7 Dual Core or Quad Core
  • Graphics - Intel HD Graphics (IVY BRIDGE) or Dedicated NVIDIA or ATI Graphics Card with 512GB Video Memory
  • Minimum Display - 22" Wide Screen (Quantity 1) Minimum (Quantity 2) for Enhanced Multitasking
  • Storage (Hard Drive) - 500GB Minimum
  • Networking - 100/1000MBit Ethernet
  • Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 or 64 Bit) or Apple OS X 10.7 or 10.8
  • Software - Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2011 for OS X
  • Warranty - 3 Years Minimum 4 Years Recommended

Laptop Computers

  • Memory (RAM) - 4GB Minimum
  • Processor (CPU) - Intel I5 or I7 Dual Core or Quad Core
  • Graphics - Intel HD Graphics (IVY BRIDGE) or Dedicated NVIDIA or ATI Graphics Card with 512GB Video Memory
  • Minimum Display - 15.1" Wide Screen Optimal for Balancing Portability and Usability
  • Storage (Hard Drive) - 500GB Minimum
  • Networking - 100/1000MBit Wired Adapter and 802.11 a/g/n Wireless Adapter
  • Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 or 64 Bit) or Apple OS X 10.7 or 10.8
  • Software - Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2011 for OS X
  • Warranty - 3 Years Minimum 4 Years Recommended

Recommended Peripherals

  • USB Flash Drive - 8GB Minimum for transferring files between computers
  • USB External Hard Drive - Of capacity equal to or greater than your desktop or laptop hard drive for a place to back up data
  • Webcam - Instructors may choose to conduct virtual class meetings with Adobe Connect in which you may participate

Recommended Antivirus Software

If your computer is running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and if it has no antivirus software installed or it does have antivirus software but your subscription for updates has expired, we recommend protecting it with Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a free offering by Microsoft.

If your computer is an Apple product, we recommend protecting it with antivirus software as well. Several products are offered free of charge and of those we recommend Comodo and Sophos for OS X. Symantec offers antivirus software for OS X also which you can purchase from them directly.

We, the Office of Technology Services, can only provide technical support for Concord University owned resources at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please do pursue warranty service through your warranty provider, if possible and needed. If your warranty has expired, please consider seeking assistance from a local computer service center.

Concord University employees seeking assistance purchasing technology with Concord University funds, please contact the Office of Technology Services Helpdesk at 304-384-5291 (simply dial 5291 from campus phones) to request hardware and software consultation. Concord University employees seeking assistance making personal purchases, feel free to reference the material above as the recommendations herein are applicable for your needs as well and thank you.

Last updated on Aug 28, 2013. Originally created on Mar 9, 2010. Report incorrect information.