Student PC minimum requirements

This article is intended for incoming students into the College of Engineering and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Other Colleges, groups or units at Purdue may have different recommendations and suggestions.


Minimum Specifications Recommended
Processor (PC or Mac) Core 2 Duo or better
Memory at least 4 GB RAM
Video card any
Hard drive at least 160 GB or better
Optical drive not required (only if/when you discover a need)
Networking Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless 802.11 (g, n, and/or ac)
External ports at least one USB 2.0 port

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The overarching well-intentioned advice we can give anyone is to make sure that the data is backed up CONSISTENTLY using either a cheap third party zero knowledge service (lots of those exist any more), or an external hard drive (or both.)*

Frequently asked questions include whether we have strong recommendations on the Make/model, whether you can do what you need to with Apple laptops, whether we suggest desktops or laptops...

The most common answer you'll receive is "It depends".

For instance, almost any make or model that has the minimums listed above would work. If you spend a small amount of money (say <$400), it may not be worth it to get an extended warranty- rather, treat it as disposable. If you're spending a lot of money, you may want to consider an accidental damage warranty coverage.

For example, consider software that you might want to use for your classes -- sometimes, the software has student versions that you can use -- other times, even student copies of certain titles are prohibitively expensive, and we suggest you use the provided computer labs for those purposes. If you choose a MacOS laptop, you may need to become familiar with virtual machines or dual-booting.

Another thing to consider is whether you wish mail-in service (that can take a week or two depending on the manufacturer); or whether you wish next-business day on-site service. Not all makers provide the latter, so it's well worth your time to figure this out.

If you have specific questions, feel free to drop us a note and ask:

*: For a thorough comparison of backup companies and software, please visit: Some examples of software companies that we've heard people have had decent experiences with include: Crashplan, mozy, spideroak, carbonite

Last modified: 2015/06/30 11:36:18.834093 GMT-4 by nishant.s.rao.1
Created: 2013/07/17 09:11:6.580420 GMT-4 by sundeep.rao.1.



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