Hardware Guidelines for Student Computers

  • If you are bringing a computer to campus, the guidelines below will help you to know hardware specifications it needs to meet. Several vendors also offer discounts to IUP students when purchasing a new computer. Visit Tech Deals for more information.

    Recommended New Purchase

    • Processors: i5 Processors
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Hard Drive: 250GB
    • Network Card for Connection to IUP (Dorms): 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    • Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking
    • CD-ROM/DVD Drive: 16 X +/- RW

    Minimum Recommended System

    • Processors: i3 Processors
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Hard Drive: 160GB
    • Operating System: Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X Mavericks
    • Network Card for connection to IUP network (Dorms):  Ethernet Adapter
    • Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking
    • CD-ROM/DVD Drive: 16 X +/- RW

    Printers in the Residence Halls

    • Wireless printers may not be used in the residence halls.
      *Please note, we do not support or service printers. 

    Options to Consider

    • Flash drive
    • CD/DVD writer
    • External or portable hard drive (for backups)
    • External Ethernet Adapter (If internal port not available)

    Options for Laptops

    • Locking mechanism
    • Wireless network card that supports 802.11n wireless protocol and WPA2-Enterprise