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Recommended PC Requirements

Things to keep in mind when purchasing a computer system:

Below are some suggestions for purchasing a new computer. The specific recommendations exceed the minimum requirements for connecting to the HoodNet.

  • Hood College does not require students to purchase a computer. Having your own computer system definitely comes in handy, but you can use the computer systems located in general and departmental computer lab spaces, the residence halls and in other campus public locations.
  • Spend as much money as you can realistically afford. The more money you invest, the longer your system will remain useful.
  • Technology is changing at an extremely rapid rate. Newer technology is always just around the corner. Do not let this keep you from buying the system you need today.
  • Unless you have specific needs and/or course requirements (particularly high-end graphics), there is no need to purchase the latest level of technology. On the other hand, saving a few dollars now by purchasing low end technology can and most likely will limit your future capabilities.
  • Make sure you are investing in quality components and a good warranty, and you are able to get service if needed. Keep in mind that the IT department does not repair personally owned computer systems.
  • You should think about the trade-offs you might need to make when deciding how much to spend on specific components.

Standard Computer Components

Processor (CPU) - Windows systems use Intel or AMD processors; current Apple computers use Intel.

Memory (RAM) - The amount of memory your computer has is one of the biggest factors in the computer’s performance. The more memory your computer has, the faster the software will run. Do not skimp on memory.

Hard disk space - The minimum entry level size of a hard drive today is 250 GB. The size of your hard drive determines how many programs and files you can store on your computer. If you store photos or music, get at least 1 TB.

Monitor - 17-inch monitors are the minimum.

CD or DVD-ROM drive - This is standard on all new computer systems and some are capable of burning discs as well.

Network card - Wired or wireless ethernet card capability is generally built into most computers (wireless capability on laptops is strongly recommended) IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.

Miscellaneous components - You might consider purchasing a printer and a flash memory (USB) drive (portable storage device) when you purchase your system.

Recommended minimum computer configuration for Windows PCs

  • 2 GHz Intel or AMD CPU
  • 2 GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) or more
  • 250 GB hard drive or larger
  • 20x CD-ROM drive (or faster)
  • 17" flat panel monitor minimum
  • Video card (if you are a gamer)
  • CD-RW (CD "burner") which can be substituted for the CD-ROM above
  • Wired or Wireless Ethernet card (generally built-in - 802.11 b/g/n)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  or comparable alternate vendor.

Recommended minimum computer configuration for Apple Macintosh

  • Any Intel CPU
  • OS X 10.8x or higher
  • 4 GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) or more
  • 325 GB hard drive or larger
  • CD-RW Combo Drive (Super Drive preferred)
  • Wired or Wireless Ethernet card (generally built-in - 802.11 b/g/n)
  • Microsoft Office Suite, Open Office or Neo Office