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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.

2019-2020 Technical Recommendations (PDF)

2019-2020 Personal Computer Technical Recommendations

                                  Minimum and Recommended SpecificationsRequirements 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 JAVA, required for Blackboard)

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

CPU

Quad-core Atom Dual Core Celeron AMD 1.3 GHz E-300
Intel I-3
or 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

4GB RAM (8GB highly recommended)

8GB RAM

8GB RAM

6GB RAM (12-16GB highly recommended)

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

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 (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

Ports

1 USB

3 USB (at least 1 USB 3.0)

Network

Wireless (802.11 g/n
or 802.11 ac)

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 EdgeChrome, Firefox, IE 10, IE 11, or Edge

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.