General Computer Buying Tips

Below are some general tips when purchasing computers. They are designed for use by all types of purchasers including parents, students, faculty & staff. These tips are not a representation of buying restrictions or policy at UIS but a compendium of our experience with what works best for our customers.


Processors –

Operating System –


Memory –




Optical Drive




Graphics Card


Sound Cards


Keyboards & Mice




Internet Security Software –


Microsoft Office Software
UIS students and employees can take advantage of Office 365 to download Office applications on their personally-owned devices, free for use while they are enrolled in courses/employed at UIS. Office 365 also includes use of the Office mobile apps, allowing you to create and edit Office documents on your mobile devices.