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    Student Computer Recommendations 2014 - 2015

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    These sites are for use by members of the IIT community only, and may only be accessible through the IIT domain. For more information please contact the Support Desk at ext. 73375 or go to the OTS Support Website.

    IIT Dell Web Store

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    Recommended Computer Specifications:

    IIT encourages students to provide their own laptop/desktop to supplement their course work and enhance their learning experience. OTS offers the following suggestions to help you select a computer to support your academic goals.

    To determine the best computer to suit your needs, first consider your primary usage. OTS highly recommends that you consult your major department to find out what types of programs you will need to use on your computer and their specific recommendations or requirements.

    Consider the following questions before purchasing your computer:
    - Are you primarily writing papers and accessing the Internet?
    - Do you need to use your computer for programming?
    - Do you need to use your computer for multimedia work?
    - Will you be creating graphics, music, or video?
    - Do you need to burn CDs or DVDs?

    Example Hardware Configurations:
    These are the recommended new computer specifications for the average student who uses the computer for Internet access and word processing.





    Intel 4th gen core i5-4200M (2.5GHz, 3M cache) or faster

    Intel i5 2.5 GHz or faster

    System RAM

    4 GB or more

    4 GB or more

    Hard Drive

    320 GB Hard Drive at 7200 RPMs or a SSD/Hybrid

    500 GB Hard Drive at 5400 RPMs or a SSD/Hybrid

    Removable Storage

    8X (DVD+/-RW) Drive

    Apple USB SuperDrive


    1366x768 Min. Resolution

    1280x800 Min. Resolution

    Video Card

    Intel, AMD, or NVIDIA Graphics 1GB GDDR5 RAM

    Intel Iris Graphics or better

    Operating System

    Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit

    Mac OS X.9x or latest version

    Network Card

    10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet

    10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet

    Wireless Network Card

    802.11agn or 802.11ac

    802.11n or 802.11ac

    Highly Recommended Add-ons

    • Anti-virus software installed and properly configured (OTS provides free McAfee Antivirus Software for PCs, which can be downloaded from the "OTS Downloads" channel located on the Training and Support tab in the myIIT portal.)
    • Three-year warranty (extended coverage from Manufacturer, Retailer, or AppleCare) and/or theft and accidental damage insurance
    • USB Flash Drive (16-32GB recommended)
    • Integrated Webcam (Skype, Google+ Hangouts, etc)
    • Backup Solution (Carbonite, CrashPlan, or External Hard Drive with 320+ GB)
    • Recovery Media or Installation Media for all purchased software
    Last modified: 08/20/2014 11:43:50

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