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Personal Computer Hardware Specifications

Associated Roles:
  • Students
  • Faculty / Staff

For personalized recommendations related to special software or hardware requirements that remain compatible with the University’s networking environment, please contact the OIT Support Center. They will open a work order and advise you on the hardware that will best suit your needs. 

Personal Purchases

  • For personal purchases, the Nevada Wolf Shop in the ASUN Bookstore is the University’s licensed re-seller for hardware. They have special educational discounts with vendors.
  • OIT Support is available for consultation and an evaluation of computing needs prior to purchases.

What are the recommended hardware specifications for PC?


  • A quad-core processor (Intel i5) is the minimum recommended processor for Laptop/Notebooks and Desktop computers. 
  • The Intel i7 processor is preferred.

Memory (Ram)

  • RAM is the working memory of your computer. The higher the RAM, the more multi-tasking the computer can do.

For 64-bit Operating systems:

  • 8GB minimum, 16GB preferred.

Hard Drive

  • OIT currently recommends a 256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) for better OS and software performance.

Operating System

  • Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit is the preferred Operating System for PC.

Wireless Network Card

  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless card is recommended for all Laptop/Notebooks and Tablets. 

What are the recommended hardware specifications for Mac?

Memory (Ram)

  • 8GB minimum, 16GB preferred

Hard Drive

  • 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)

Operating System

  • Apple OS X

Further Hardware Questions


  • The Office of Information Technology is unable to provide hardware support on personally owned computers.
  • However, basic software troubleshooting is provided by the OIT Support Center.