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The University is generally a Microsoft campus, but resources are equally accessible from an Apple (Mac) or Windows PC.

 

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Recommended Minimum Specifications

  • Processor - 2.3 - 2.6Ghz (Intel i3-4010U or AMD equivalent)
  • RAM (memory) - 4GB minimum
  • Storage - 250 - 500GB hard drive or larger
  • Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium or Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Recommended Accessories

  • External Hard Drive for backup (500GB min)
  • Cat-5 Ethernet Cable
  • USB Flash Drive

Software

Current SPU students can access various software titles through the SPU Download Center

Should I purchase a x32 or x64 Windows Operating System?

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With Windows systems, you may receive either a x64 (64-bit) or x32 (32-bit) OS with most new systems containing x64. SPU resources can be accessed from both types of OS. To learn more about the differences go to 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions.

Where to Buy

Many online retailers have special discounts and upgrades.  Depending on how quickly you need a computer, you could choose to visit a store, such as Best Buy, Staples, etc. or purchase directly through the manufacturer's website (e.g. dell.com, lenovo.com, apple.com, etc...).  Read reviews and visit a store in person to get a better idea of what a machine will look like when it arrives.  

The following sites are commonly used references for reviews.  Reviews units at these sites are generally provided by the vendor and should not be considered completely objective.


Review Sites

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