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Recommended Computer Specifications

These are the minimum & preferred specifications that we recommend for student systems.  If you have already chosen your major we recommend you contact your college or department to see if they have any additional recommendations. 

Feature Minimum Recommendations Preferred (if applicable) Rationale for Recommendations
Processor i5 (Windows/Mac) i7 (Windows/Mac) The Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating system and applications written for it will require advanced processors to be used effectively.
Memory 6 GB 8 GB Memory demands for Windows 7/8/10 will require at least 2 GB of memory
Hard disk 250 GB 500 GB An increasing number of EKU courses use multimedia content, which greatly increases storage needs on personal computers.  Choosing a solid state drive has shown increased performance. 
Networking Build in LAN 10/100 (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless (Windows: 802.11b/g/n; Mac: Airport Extreme) Built-in LAN Gigabit (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless 802.11n; Mac: Airport Extreme) Wireless (802.11n) is available in all residence halls.  Please do not bring any personal routers to campus as this will interfere with available wireless.  
Operating system Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.1 Pro, OS 10.11 (El Capitan) Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.1 Pro, OS 10.11 (El Capitan)  
Support & Protection Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer. Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.  
Software (FREE to EKU Students!) Microsoft Office & Symantec Endpoint Protection Microsoft Office & Symantec Endpoint Protection You will need Microsoft Office for your courses at EKU and Symantec Endpoint Protection is our free antivirus.
Other considerations you may want  Camera, Microphone, optical drive, external hard drive for backups Camera, Microphone, optical drive, external hard drive for backups  

Other technology to bring to the EKU residence halls

If you have any questions please email the EKU Geeks.

 

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