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Guidelines for Purchasing a New Computer
 

  • Only consider name brand computers (HP, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Apple, etc.)
  • Only purchase a system with a warranty (3 years if affordable). Systems with a three year warranty are considered business class machines and are manufactured to higher specifications. Additionally, these companies have authorized support representatives in the area.
  • If money is an issue, sacrifice a little processor speed for more memory. Additional RAM will boost a computer's performance and won't break the bank.
  • Insist on a good video card with dedicated video RAM. Many lower-end systems list an "integrated" video card. These systems often use your computer's RAM in place of dedicated video memory thus reducing the speed and efficiency of the system. When in doubt, ask if the system has dedicated video memory.
  • Choose a system with a Read/Write DVD/CD Drive installed. We recommend purchasing a USB flash/thumb drive to back up data.
  • Laptops are portable and take up less space in a dorm room. They also allow the student to work in campus locations that have wireless connectivity.