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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. If you are planning on purchasing a computer, consider taking this list with you. Certain programs have special requirements -they are listed separately. If you are in a healthcare program, please review the notation at the bottom indicated by an asterisk (*). 

2021-2022 Computer Technical Recommendations

2021-2022 Recomendaciones técnicas informáticas

2021-2022 Personal Computer Technical Recommendations

                                  Minimum and Recommended Specifications Requirements for Specific Majors




Computer Science (Laptop Required)

Interactive Media
and Design


Operating System

(We do not recommend Chromebooks as they do not support some required components)

Windows 10 Pro/Education, 64-bit Mac OSX 10.9 or higher

Windows 10 Pro/Education,
Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
 Windows 10 Pro/EducationWindows 10 Pro/Edu 64 bit,
Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
Windows 10 Pro/Edu 64 bit


Quad-core Atom,
Dual-core Celeron,
AMD 11 GHz E-300,
Intel i3 or higher

Intel i5 or
AMD Dual-core
or higher


Intel i5 Quad-core, or AMD Quad-core
or higher

Intel Core i3, 8th Gen. or higher, or
AMD Ryzen 3 or higher

Quad-core Intel or
AMD processor, 3.0 GHz minimum speed with 64-bit Support or higher






8 GB RAM (16 GB highly recommended)

16 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

64 GB eMMc or more

500 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive or
128 GB SSD (256 GB SSD Highly recommended) or greater


500 GB SSD or 1TB SSD Drive Recommended

500 GB (1Tb highly recommended)  7200 RPM, SSD Recommended

500 GB 7200 RPM or 256 GB SSD or greater

Graphics (GPU)

Integrated Graphics 

Minimum VRAM 4 GB

Minimum VRAM 2 GB

Solidworks certified Video Card (http://www.solidworks

CD/DVD Drive

Not required.


Not required, but useful.

Not required, but useful.

DVD-ROM, External OK


1 USB 3.0

3 USB (at least 1 USB 3.0)


Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2

Wireless (802.11 g/n
or 802.11 ac)

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

Wireless (802.11 g/n
or 802.11 ac)

BrowsersChrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge
Audio & WebcamSpeaker & Microphone (embedded or external),  Camera or webcam Speaker & Microphone (embedded or external),  Camera or webcam

Additional Software

Office 365 Education is available to students for free through QCC

Office 365Office 365 or Office 2019 (including MS Access for CIS students) Office 365, Office 2019, Open Office, Acrobat Reader, CLion, MINGW, VirtualBoxOffice 365 or Office 2019
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.

* Students enrolled in healthcare programs should also have a tablet type display and a stylus.
We are pleased to offer basic technical support for your personal devices through our BlackBelt support services, available 24x7. They can be reached by calling 508.854.4427. Follow the prompts for the correct selection.
We recommend that at the time of purchase you understand your warranties and how you can receive technical assistance.