Student-Owned Computing: Buying a New Computer/Laptop

The College of Engineering recommends that all incoming students own a desktop, laptop, or similarly powerful tablet. If you are planning to purchase one, we’d like to offer the following advice and guidance.

Recommended Specs for New Computers/Laptops

CPU Intel i5 or i7 processor
Minimum RAM 8 GB
Recommended RAM At least 16GB
Optical Drive Optional
Minimum Storage 256 GB
Recommended Storage 512 GB or Larger Solid State Drive (SSD)
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit)

macOS 10.14 “Mojave”

Wireless 802.11ac
Warranty 3 years or more

Warranty Information

We recommend warranties that are backed by the manufacturers themselves (as opposed to third-party warranties offered by retailers) so you can get service no matter where you are when a problem occurs.

There are repair technicians on-campus at the OIT Walk-In Center who can provide hardware repairs for computers and laptops from Dell, Apple, and Lenovo that are under manufacturer warranty or CPS warranty.

If you purchase a device well above the recommended specifications, you might consider a 4-year warranty.

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