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Computer Recommendations

Computer Science Computer Recommendations

There is no requirement for Computer Science (CS) students to have their own computer. However, most CS students find that having one is convenient and almost essential. For CS students who do not own a computer, there are computer facilities on campus and check-out computers are also available. The CS Program does not require a particular computer platform. However, since the majority of software development in industry is done using the Windows and Linux platforms, the Windows platform is recommended.  

The following are the recommended specifications for Windows laptops: 

 

Minimum

Preferred

CPU 

i5 processor

i7 or higher processor

RAM

8 GB

16 GB

STORAGE

500 GB

1 TB

DISPLAY

13 inch 

1920 x 1080 resolution

15 inch or greater

2560x1440 or greater resolution

GRAPHICS

Integrated

GPU with at least 4 GB memory

OS VERSION

Windows 10

Windows 11

OTHER

Webcam

1 USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

Webcam

1 USB 3.0 port

3 button wireless mouse


The following are the recommended specifications for Apple laptops:  

 

Minimum

Preferred

 

13 inch

16 inch

RAM

8 GB

16 GB

SSD STORAGE

512 GB

1 TB

OS VERSION

macOS 10.15+

macOS 11+

OTHER

 

1 USB 3.0 port

3 button wireless mouse