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 or Quad Core.  If you are wanting to run the Windows 7 OS on your computer, please make note you must buy the 6th Gen Processor.  If your computer has the 7th Gen Processor it will only support Windows 10.
  • Graphics - Integrated Intel HD Graphics 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 - 100/1000MB Ethernet
  • Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 or 64 Bit) or Apple OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Software - Microsoft Office 2016, which can be downloaded through your Office 365 account.
  • Warranty - 3 Years Minimum,4 Years Recommended

Laptop Computers

  • Memory (RAM) - 4GB Minimum
  • Processor (CPU) - Intel i5 or i7, Dual or Quad Core.  If you are wanting to run the Windows 7 OS on your computer, please make note you must buy the 6th Gen Processor.  If your computer has the 7th Gen Processor it will only support Windows 10.
  • Graphics - Integrated Intel HD Graphics 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/c Wireless Adapter
  • Operating System -  Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 or 64 Bit) or Apple OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Software -  Microsoft Office 2016, which can be downloaded through your Office 365 account.
  • 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

*To prevent the possibility of failing USB and External Hard drives, we recommend you take advantage of the free 1TB of cloud storage available in your Office 365 OneDrive account.  This storage space can be accessed on any computer once you login to your Office 365 account online.  

Recommended Antivirus Software

If your computer is running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 and if it has no antivirus software installed or it does have antivirus software but your subscription for updates has expired, we recommend you protect your computer with some type of antivirus software as soon as you can. There are several different free vendors that you can use, such as Avast and AVG, that will provide sufficient protection for your computer. 

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.

Also, If you are experiencing unwanted pop-ups, ads, or your computer is acting slow, please take advantage of the free software called MalwareBytes and CCleaner.  These two tools will clean your computer of malware and increase its overall performance.

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.