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Technology Requirements 

Having the right tools on hand will be a key factor to a successful Online and Distance Education experience. Below, we can help you determine if your current computer will get the job done; or if you’re looking to purchase a new computer, we have some recommended specifications.
Students use the technology at the Hunt Library.

Already Own a Computer?

A computer from home will be perfectly adequate if it can run current software and use the campus network. Using an older computer often allows a student to delay the purchase of a new one and better determine personal needs. However, depending on the situation, an older computer may not be usable for more than a year. Your current computer should meet or (preferably) exceed these minimum university requirements.

  • Less than two years old
  • Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Operating System – MS Windows 7 or later; Mac OS Xv 10.11 or later
  • Battery life – 2 hours or longer
  • Ethernet Adapter – built in, Thunderbolt, or USB
  • Wireless – 802.11n
  • Free Hard Drive Space – 100GB

See NC State Antivirus Resources.

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Purchasing a New Computer?

Depending on your computing needs, evaluating and purchasing a computer is very important. A computer with greater capability (processor speed, RAM, disk capacity) and expandability will be more likely to continue to run the software you require. For students purchasing a new computer, we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Compare machine types:
    • Home use or consumer class
      Less expensive, may not hold up to rigorous academic use and transport
    • Business class (recommended)
      More expensive but more durable, stable, standardized, and well-supported
    • High-performance or gamer class
      More expensive, with bleeding-edge, sometimes poorly supported technology
  • Find out about any college or department requirement.
  • Read the Office of Information Technology recommendations for a new computer.
  • Read the Office of Information Technology recommendations for a laptop you already own.
  • See special pricing for students at NC State Bookstores Computers department.
  • Applicants for financial aid

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Further Questions 

If you have further questions about computer specifications, you may contact the NC State Help Desk.

 

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West Dunn Bldg, 2901 Thurman Dr,
Raleigh, NC 27606

Phone: 919.515.4357
E-mail: help@ncsu.edu

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