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Recommended Hardware Specifications

Faculty and staff: Please use the recommendations below when purchasing a computer for personal use otherwise please summit a help ticket to SPHTechs requesting quotes when using DOH, RF and UA funds. As a rule we usually quote vendors like HP, Dell, Lenovo and Apple or vendors stated in the NYS OGS Aggregate site.

Students: We strongly suggest prespective students and current students follow the hardware recommendations listed below when purchasing a computer. Doing so will ensure compatibility with software used by SPH Classes.

Feature Minimum Recommended Preferred (if applicable) Rationale for Recommendation
Processor i5 (Windows/Mac)
i7 (Windows/Mac) The Windows 7/8.x/10 Professional operating system and SAS will require advanced processors to be used effectively.
Memory 4 GB 8 GB or higher
Memory demands for Windows and other software will require at least 4 gigabyte (GB) of memory.
Hard disk 250 GB 500 GB or higher Proper avalible storage is required due to the demands OS, periferal software and statistical data sets.
Optical drive CD-RW/DVD Recordable (burns/reads CDs and reads DVDs) CD-RW/DVD-RW Recordable (burns/reads CDs and DVDs) Recordable DVDs are more capable for backing up and transporting today’s larger computer files.
Networking Built-in LAN 10/100 (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11b/g; Mac: Airport Extreme) Built-in LAN Gigabit (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11n; Mac: Airport Extreme) Wireless (802.11 N and AC) is available on all UA campuses and dorms.  Please do not bring any personal routers to campus as this will interfere with available wireless. 
Video RAM 256 MB 500 MB or higher Windows 7 and associated software will require a minimum of 256 MB video ram for multitasking functionality.
Operating system Windows 7 Professional, OS 10.10 (Yosemite) Windows 10, OS 10.12 (Sierra) Windows 10 offers advanced  operational, security and networking features.
Support & protection Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.   Hardware issues usually arise in year two or three of the warranty

** If you plan on purchasing a MAC please see MAC software recommendations to ensure you are able to run class related software.

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