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Computer Recommendations

Desktops | Laptops | Purchasing Guide | Anti-Virus Software

The Information Technology Department has developed recommended configurations for desktop and laptop computers as a guide for students purchasing computers to use while enrolled at Regent University.

Specifications are provided for Windows/PC-based desktop and laptop computers. Please note that university computer labs, and most academic departments, are Windows/PC-based rather than Macintosh-based. Click here for more information about using a Mac at Regent University.

Recommended Desktop Configurations

CPU Intel Core i3, i5, or i7; AMD Phenom
Memory 8GB of memory or higher
Monitor 17" LCD or larger
Hard Drive 320GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD drive
Sound Speakers; integrated sound or dedicated sound card
Video Card Integrated or higher
Networking 100/1000MB Ethernet or Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7
Software Microsoft Office 2010, Anti-Virus Software
Printer High quality laser or inkjet printer

 

Recommended Laptop Configurations

CPU Intel Core i3, i5, or i7; AMD Mobile
Memory 4GB of memory or higher
Screen Size 13" or larger
Hard Drive 320GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD Drive
Video Card Integrated or higher
Networking 100/1000MB Ethernet and/or Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7
Software Microsoft Office 2010, Anti-Virus Software
Printer High quality laser or inkjet printer

 

Purchasing Guide

What type of computer system does Regent University recommend?

The general rule of thumb when purchasing a new computer is to purchase the most powerful computer you can afford. New computers, like new cars, are out-dated the moment you bring them home. Buying a powerful computer (faster processor, more memory, larger hard drive) will help to ensure that your computer will meet your academic needs for many years to come.

Can I use a Macintosh computer?

Regent University computer labs and most academic departments are Windows-based. If you have a Mac or are considering purchasing one, you may want to check with your school to see if there are specific compatibility issues.

However, most students should have no difficulty using a Mac computer if they have a recent version of Mac OS (version 10.7 or higher), a copy of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and a reliable internet connection.

We recommend using Firefox or Safari for viewing Regent web pages on a Mac.

Should I purchase a desktop or laptop computer?

Students should examine their computing needs and habits to determine whether a desktop or laptop best suits their needs. Laptops provide students with the flexibility of using the computer almost anywhere. Desktop computers offer more for the money, and are usually easier to upgrade.

Which warranty/support plan should I purchase?

The Information Technology Department does not provide support for the installation, repair, or maintenance of computer hardware, or the installation and configuration of computer software (including the operating system) for personally owned computers. It is important that you purchase a computer from a vendor that can provide these services for you.

For hardware, it is recommended that a three-year, on-site warranty be purchased with your new computer. For both hardware and software, it is recommended that you purchase from a vendor that offers 24/ 7 telephone support, and also has web-based support.

Vendors

While Regent University cannot endorse any specific manufacturer or vendor, please view our current Special Offers to see vendors that offer academic discounts to Regent University students, staff, and faculty.

Anti-Virus Software

Computers can slow down overtime and be attached by malicious software such as virus and trojans. Regent University recommends certain software to help keep your computer running safely and smoothly. Below are two free Anti-Virus programs that Regent University recommends to clean and protect your computer.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs.

AVG Anti-Virus Free

AVG Free 2012's renewed focus on performance keeps scans zippy, and protects against viruses and spyware.

 

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