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Computer Technical Recommendations

QCC Does not require students to own a laptop or desktop computer, however most students find that it is much easier to have one. The following list is our recommended minimum configurations. Certain programs have special requirements - they are listed seperately. If you are planning on purchasing a computer, consider taking this list with you.

2017-2018 Technical Recommendations (PDF)

2017-2018 Personal Computer Technical Recommendations

 

Minimum

Recommended

Computer Science (Laptop Required)

Interactive Media

Manufacturing

Operating System

(We do not recommend Chromebooks as they do not support JAVA, required for Blackboard)

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, MacOSX 10.9 or higher Win 7 Pro/Education, Win 8.1 Pro/Education, Win 10 Pro/Education, Mac OSX 10.9 or higher Win 7 Pro/Education, Win 8.1 Pro/Education, Win 10 Pro/Education Win 7 Pro/Edu 64 bit, Win 8.1 Pro/Edu 64 bit, Win 10 Pro/Edu 64 bit, Mac OSX 10.9 or higher Win 7 Pro/Edu 64 bit, Win 8.1 Pro/Edu 64 bit, Win 10 Pro/Edu 64 bit

CPU

Quad-core AtomDual-core Celeron AMD 1.3 GHz E-300 Intel I-3or higher

Intel I-5 AMD Dual-core or higher

Intel I-5 Quad Core AMD Quad Core or higher

Quad Core Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit Support or higher

Quad Core Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit Support or higher

RAM

2GB RAM (4GB highly recommended)

4GB RAM

8GB RAM

6GB RAM (12-16GB highly recommended)

16GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

32GB eMMc or more

500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive or 128GB SSD (256GB SSD Highly Recommended)or greater

500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive or 128GB SSD (256GB SSD Highly Recommended)or greater

500GB (1TB highly recommended) 7200rpm, SSD Recommended

500GB 7200 rpm or 256GB SSD or greater

Graphics (GPU)

Integrated Graphics

Minimum VRAM 2GB

Solidworks certified Video Card

CD/DVD Drive

Not required, but useful. 

24x DVD-RW/DVD, External drive OK

Not required, but useful.

DVD-ROM, External OK

Ports

1 USB

3 USB (at least 1 USB 3.0)

Network

Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11 ac)

Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11 ac)

Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11 ac), Wired LAN

Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11 ac)

Browsers Chrome, Firefox, IE 10, IE 11, or Edge

Additional Software

(Office 365 Education is available to students for free through QCC)

Office 365 Office 365 or Office 2016 (including MS Access for CIS students) Office 365, Office 2013, Open Office, Acrobat Reader, Quicktime, JDK, Netbeans Office 365 or Office 2013
All computers that connect to the QCC Wireless network must have up-to-date antivirus protection.We also recommend a product such as Lojack for PCs.

QCC policy states that we do not offer technical support for student or faculty owned technical devices.