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 – Intel, i5 or grearter
Operating System – Windows 10 or macOS
Memory – 8GB minimum, 16GB preferred and is best for running intensive applications for Graphic Arts, Computer Science, etc.
Storage – 512GB minimum, Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended for much faster system performance
Optical Drive – Many computers no longer come with an Optical Drive. If needed, external DVD drives can be purchased for as little as $40
Monitors – Any monitor is fine. 19-21 inches standard minimum size. Laptop screens usually start around 13 inches and max out at around 17 inches.
Graphics Card – Minimum 1GB graphics memory is recommended
Internet Security Software – Windows Defender, packaged with Windows 10
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.