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ResNet Central

Recommended Student Computer Configuration

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ResNet Central

Address:
Brandywine Hall Rm 003, Ground Floor
709 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2660
Fax: 610-738-0591
Email: resnet@wcupa.edu


Richard A. Jackson
ResNet Central Manager

Recommended Student Computer Configuration

Looking to buy your student a new computer? Need a little help?

PC or Mac?

At WCU we have designed our systems to be platform agnostic and device independent so you can use a PC or a Mac. If you are looking to buy a new computer, your major can help determine your choice. Departments such as Music, Art, and Education use Macs and have software to run on Macs. Other departments use Windows PCs. However, any department that uses Macs also has a Mac lab, which means, even if you don't own a Mac, you can use one.

Recommended Computer Specs for Students

Computer Part Specs
Operating System Latest Windows 10 or MacOS version
Processor Industry standard Intel or AMD processor
Memory 8GB or more
Hard Drive 500GB or more
Networking Wireless capability
Other an external CD and/or CD/DVD combo drive with CD/DVD burning capabilities is optional depending on your major or personal needs

Software Applications

Here is the list of recommended software:

  • Microsoft Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, etc. are all free to students)
  • Anti-Virus Software
  • Anti-Spyware Software

 

Accessories

  • Flash Drive
  • Ethernet (network) cable of 15' or more if your computer has an Ethernet (network) jack or adapter
  • Security Cable-Lock/Device (for laptops)

Tips

  • Brand names are not the best way to choose PCs. Their quality can change dramatically year to year. Read online reviews for any brand you are considering.
  • Remember to use your Student ID for educational discounts.
  • Consider insurance to cover theft, loss, or accidental damage.
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