Tech Tip: Personal Computer Purchases

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As a current SHSU faculty or staff member, you are eligible for discounts on personal computer purchases through Dell and Apple.

Purchasing a new computer can be daunting. Below is a list of specifications that IT@Sam staff use when ordering computers for campus use to get you going in the right direction.

Windows Specs

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 (3.6 GHz)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) 2400 MHz DDR4
Video Card: AMD Radeon R5 430, 2GB VRAM
Hard Drive: 2.5 inch 512GB Solid State Drive

Mac Specs

CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 (3.4 GHz)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) 2400 MHz DDR4
Video Card: AMD Radeon Pro 570, 4GB VRAM
Hard Drive: 1 TB Fusion Drive

When you get your new computer be sure to follow these best security practices to keep your computer in good shape:

  • Keep your OS and software up to date with vendor-supplied patches.
  • Be sure to enable your firewall.
  • Run anti-malware software.
  • Be wary of installing applications directly from the Internet.
  • Backup your important files regularly.

In addition, do not forget about your Office 365 subscription. This subscription allows you to download and install Microsoft Office for free.

Special thanks to Pamela Martin in Recreational Sports for suggesting this topic.