Minimum Computer Requirements

Purchasing standards for university computers used by faculty, staff, classroom, and labs are available on the university purchasing standards page.

Please consider the following recommendations when choosing a personal computer to use at Appalachian. These configurations allow computers to run operating systems and application software in a satisfactory manner. These recommendations take into account the performance levels needed to effectively execute applications used by the majority of Appalachian students.

These configurations are sufficiently robust to handle the current operating systems and the associated application software. The recommended hardware systems specified for new purchases are sufficient to run new operating systems as they are made available. Over the past several years, students at Appalachian have had the greatest success in purchasing name-brand computers. We are a Dell and Apple campus.

Student Computer Standards: Minimum Configurations

Please note: Intel based wireless cards are recommended for use with the university wireless network. Other cards may be untested and not compatible.

PCs

  • Intel Core 2, or AMD Phenom
  • 4 GB memory (4 GB if you plan to upgrade to Vista/Seven)
  • 250 GB hard drive or higher
  • DVDRW
  • Ethernet card and cable
  • WPA2 A/G/N Intel wireless card. (Atheros cards may or may not work on our network)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or Higher and Microsoft Office
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account

Macs

  • Intel Core 2 or higher Mac
  • 4 GB memory
  • 250 GB hard drive or higher
  • WPA 2 A/G/N wireless card
  • Ethernet card and cable
  • OS 10.6 or Higher
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account

Student Computer Standards: Recommended Configurations

PCs

  • Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7 or AMD Phenom 2 or higher
  • 8 GB Memory or more
  • 250+ GB hard drive
  • DVDRW
  • Ethernet card and cable
  • WPA2 A/G/N intel wireless card (Atheros cards may or may not work on our network)
  • Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate and Microsoft Office
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account

Macs

  • Intel i3,i5,i7 Mac
  • 8 GB memory
  • 250+ GB hard drive
  • Ethernet card and cable
  • WPA2 compatible wireless card
  • Operating system 10.7 or higher and Microsoft Office
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account