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Buy a New Computer

SUU students, faculty, and staff who plan to purchase a new computer for personal use are encouraged to purchase an SUU recommended computer. The information below is a guide to assist in selecting a suitable new computer. A system that meets or exceeds these campus recommendations is expected to have a lifespan of two to four years.

Microsoft Windows 7
For a Windows PC
Apple OSX
For an Apple Macintosh
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 or 8.1 Mac OSX Mavericks
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz
Memory(RAM): 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Graphics Card: Integrated Card (Nvidia or ATI) Integrated Card (Nvidia or ATI)
Hard Drive: 160GB Serial ATA @ 5400 RPM 160GB Serial ATA @ 5400 RPM
CD/DVD ROM: DVD+/-RW Drive SuperDrive DVD+/-RW
Display/Monitor: 14.1" or larger 13" or larger
Network: Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Integrated 10/100/1000 Network
Wireless: WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi/AIR Port Wireless
Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion Lithium Polymer
Warranty: Any Available AppleCare Protection Plan

*** Consider purchasing a service contract for technical support of your computer. An extended 2 year warranty is money well worth spending. With the added 2 year service contract, your computer will be covered for a total of 3 years.

If you have any questions about what you see here, please feel free to contact the IT Department for more information.

I have an older computer that does not meet the above requirements, should I purchase a new one?

If you feel that your computer is adequate for your needs, you probably don't need to purchase a new computer. SUU does not have any "required" software that you must install (though you may have to share files with fellow students who might be using a newer version of software than you, such as Microsoft Office 2010). Your education will be enriched through full access to the Internet, electronic research tools, and electronic communication, so make sure your older computer can connect to the Internet at a sufficiently high speed. If your present computer can accomplish those tasks, do not feel that you must upgrade to the above standards. SUU also provides students exclusive access to a computer lab.

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Monday, November 16, 2009