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.

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