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
Recommended Laptop Configurations
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 2016 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.
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.
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.
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 AntiVirus Free's renewed focus on performance keeps scans zippy, and protects against viruses and spyware.