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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 separately. If you are planning on purchasing a computer, consider taking this list with you.

2020-2021 Computer Technical Recommendations

2020-2021 Recomendaciones técnicas informáticas

2020-2021 Personal Computer Technical Recommendations

                                  Minimum and Recommended Specifications Requirements for Specific Majors
 

Minimum

Recommended

 

Computer Science (Laptop Required)

Interactive Media
and Design

Manufacturing

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

CPU

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 with 64-bit Support or higher

RAM

4 GB RAM

8 GB RAM

 

8 GB RAM

8 GB RAM (16 GB highly recommended)

8 GB RAM or higher
(12-16 GB highly recommended)

Hard Drive

64 GB eMMc or more

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

 

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

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

500 GB 7200 rpm or 256 GB SSD or greater

Graphics (GPU)

Integrated Graphics 

Minimum VRAM 2 GB

Solidworks certified Video Card (http://www.solidworks
.com/sw/support/
videocardtesting.html)

CD/DVD Drive

Not required.

 

24x DVD-RW/DVD,
External drive OK

Not required, but useful.

DVD-ROM, External OK

Interface

1 USB 3.0

3 USB (at least 1 USB 3.0)

Network

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, Quicktime, JDK, NetbeansOffice 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.

QCC policy states that we do not offer technical support for student or faculty owned technical devices.
We recommend that at the time of purchase you understand your warranties and how you can receive technical assistance.