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Recommended Computer Specifications for Incoming Students

 

Hardware

 

Recommended

Minimum

CPU (Intel)

Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better

Pentium D 2.8 GHz

CPU (AMD)

Phenom II X3 or better

Athlon 3200

CPU (Apple)

2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better

1.83GHz Intel Core Duo

Memory

2GB or better

1GB

Hard Drive

200GB or better

120GB

CD/DVD Drive

DVD+-RW, CD+-RW or better

CD+-RW, DVD ROM

Video Adaptor

256MB RAM or better Nvidia or ATI chipset

128MB RAM, Dedicated or Shared

Display Screen Size

Desktop - 20" or bigger

Laptop - screen size is preference of weight vs size. However Microsoft lists 1024x768 or better screen resolution as requirement for MS Office 2007.

Desktop - 17"

Laptop - screen size is preference of weight vs size. However Microsoft lists 1024x768 or better screen resolution as requirement for MS Office 2007.

Nic/Ethernet Card

10/100/1000 MB/S NIC

10/100MB/S NIC

Wireless Ethernet

802.11b/g

802.11b

Sound Card

Any

Any

USB

USB 2.0 2 or more ports

USB 1.1 1 or more ports

Backup / Transport Storage Device

USB Flash Memory - two 2GB or better

USB Flash Memory - 1GB

Printer

Inkjet or Laser (color)

Inkjet or Laser

Power

UPS 500 or better

Surge Protector

Warranty

Extended 3 year warranty or better

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Software

 

Recommended

Minimum

Operating System (Intel) ***

Microsoft Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3 or better

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3

Operating System (Apple) ***

Apple OSX 10.5 or better

Apple OSX 10.4

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) *

Office 2007 or later version (Windows), Office 2008 or later version (Mac)

Office 2007 (Windows), Office 2008 (Mac)

Antivirus (Windows) **

McAfee VirusScan 8.7 (enterprise), McAfee VirusScan Plus, AVG Free Antivirus

Any antivirus with regular updates, AVG Free is a good low cost choice (Free)

Antivirus (Mac) **

avast! Mac, iAntivirus (Free)

Any antivirus with regular updates, iAntiVirus is a good low cost choice (Free)

Antispyware ****

Spybot, Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware (Only for Windows, all are free)

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* Microsoft Office is available at education price level at FSU Bookstore.

** Virus definition updates for McAfee VirusScan, AVG, Avast and iAntiVirus are free.

*** Operating Systems should be kept up to date with at least critical updates via Windows update (Windows) or Software Update (Apple).

**** Antispyware software is only necessary if computer diplays spyware symptoms. Run SUPERAntiSpyware, then Malwarebytes, then Spybot.




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