Recommended technology specifications:
The Computer Store recommends the following minimum hardware specifications for new computer purchases:
Processor: i5, i7, or Xeon
RAM: 8 GB or more
Hard Drive: 250 GB or more
For CAD users a discrete graphics processor – AMD or NVidia
Suggestions for selecting a computer:
The most valuable asset of a computer is not the processor speed, the memory size, or the brand. The most valuable asset is the interface supplied to the user. Does the user like using this computer? If the screen gives you headaches, the keyboard feels like cardboard, or the laptop weighs too much; you will not like using it the way it was intended. The best way to select a machine is to first feel the keyboard, do you like the feel of the keys under your fingers? Then assess the screen, is it clear to you, do you feel you can look at it for hours without getting a headache or other ailment? Once you’ve decided if these two features are to your liking, begin to look at the specification of the machine. Will it be enough power for what you want the machine to do? You can contact the manufacture, the vendor, or the retailer for more information on alike models that have the same interface features that gives more power.
Bottom line: The keyboard and the screen are the two pieces of technology that the user interacts with the most, after that, consider the specification.
A note on Microsoft Office:
Microsoft Office comes in two flavors.
(1) Microsoft Office Pro Plus is available though the Kivuto – OnTheHub. This is a pay for product, which the licensing is not tied to your activity with the University. When you leave the University you are able to take the software with you, fully functional. This product is a completely stand-alone product with no required online integration or included upgrades. It is activated using a product code that you receive in the receipt of your purchase. Once you pay for it, it is yours to keep.
(2) Microsoft Office 365 is available though the Microsoft 365 Portal. This is a no cost product, which the licensing is tied to your activity with the University. When you leave the University the functionality of the software changes to read only. However, this product provides the most up-to-date supported version of the software, along with early access to new features and online collaboration capabilities. For new Freshmen, this is best solution because Microsoft may release a new version of the software during your time at the University. Then when you are ready to graduate, you can purchase the Pro Plus version to take with you.
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How does the Personal Purchases Work?
These sites are direct links to the vendors. The Computer Store will have no connection to your order, it is between you and the vendor. When you order a product you will pay for it and it will be delivered directly to you. If there is an issue with the order, first contact the vendor and then contact The Computer Store.