Recommended Computer Specifications

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 and offer these products for sale in our Campus Bookstore. Any machine purchased at the ASU Campus Bookstore will meet these requirements. 

Please Note:  The type of wireless card in the laptop you purchase can affect performance on our network. Review the recommended specifications and please call us at 828-262-8324 opt 2 if you have ANY questions! We are here to help!

Minimum Specifications

PCs

  • Intel Core i3, or AMD Phenom
  • 4 GB memory
  • 250 GB hard drive or higher
  • Ethernet card and cable or a USB Ethernet Adapter (for models without an Ethernet Port)
  • WPA2 Wireless, Only the AC 5.0 GHZ Wireless Cards will work
  • Windows 7 Home Premium or Higher 

Macs

  • Intel Core 2 or higher Mac
  • 4 GB memory
  • 250 GB hard drive or higher
  • Ethernet card and cable or USB Ethernet Adapter (for models without an Ethernet Port)
  • WPA2 Wireless, Only the AC 5.0 GHZ Wireless Cards will work
  • OS 10.8 or Higher

Recommended Specifications

PCs

  • Intel® Core™ i5, i7 
  • 8 GB Memory or more
  • 256 GB Solid State HDD
  • Ethernet card and cable or USB Ethernet Adapter (for models without an Ethernet Port)
  • WPA2 Wireless, Only the AC 5.0 GHZ Wireless Cards will work 
  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 

Macs

  • Intel i5,i7 Mac
  • 8 GB memory
  • 256 GB Solid State HDD
  • Ethernet card and cable or USB Ethernet Adapter (for models without an Ethernet Port)
  • WPA2 Wireless, Only the AC 5.0 GHZ Wireless Cards will work
  • Operating system 10.10 or higher