Buying a New Computer

Individuals interested in purchasing computers, accessories, and supplies should visit the Computer Discounts for Students, Faculty and Staff page of the University's Web site for a list of vendor discounts.

Recommended Configurations

PC Desktop System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

12 GB Memory

Hard Drive

1 TB Disk Drive

2+ TB Disk Drive or Solid State Drive

Graphics
1 GB Dedicated Video Card

2+ GB Dedicated Video Card

Networking

Wireless Networking Card for WiFi connections

Wireless Networking Card for WiFi connections

Approximate Price $850 - $,1000 $1,300 - $1,700

PC Notebook System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

8 GB Memory

Hard Drive

750 GB Disk Drive

1+ TB Disk Drive

Graphics

Dedicated Video Card

Dedicated 1 GB Video Card

Networking

Built-in or USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Built-in or USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Approximate Price $900- $1,200 $1,200 - $2,000

Macintosh Desktop System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

16 GB Memory

Hard Drive

1 TB Disk Drive

1 TB Fusion Drive

Graphics

1 GB Video Card

2+ GB Video Card

Approximate Price $1,500 - $1,700 $2,000 - $2,500

Macintosh Notebook System Configurations

Component

Better

Best

Model

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor

System Memory

8 GB Memory

8 GB Memory

Hard Drive

512 GB Disk Drive

512 GB Flash Storage

Graphics

Intel Iris Graphics

NVIDIA 2 GB Video Card

Networking

USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

USB Ethernet Adapter for wired connections

Approximate Price $1,500 - $1,800 $2,300 - $2,600