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Minimum System Requirements

The 2014 recommended specifications have not yet been established. Please check back in May for the 2014 requirements.

If you plan to purchase a laptop other than the DePauw Preferred Systems, you should review the recommended specifications below.  If you will be using an existing system, you will also want to review the minimum requirements.

Apple Recommendations and Requirements

Apple MacBook Recommendations   Minimum Requirement
Operating System Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion   Mac OS 10.7 Lion
Processor Intel i5 or better   Intel i3
Memory (RAM) 4GB or better   4GB
Hard Disk Drive 500GB or better   250GB
Wireless 802.11 g/n   802.11 b
NIC/Ethernet * 10/100 wired ethernet    10/100 wired ethernet 
Warranty 3 year AppleCare   Some type of warranty highly recommended
Optical Drive ** SuperDrive (CR-RW/DVD-RW)   SuperDrive (CR-RW/DVD-RW)

Windows System Recommendations and Requirements

Windows Platform Recommendations   Minimum Requirement
Operating System Windows 7 or (64-bit)
Windows 8, limited support
  Windows 7 (32-bit)
Processor Intel i5 third generation or better   Intel i3
Memory (RAM) 4GB or better   3GB
Hard Disk Drive 250GB or better   200GB
Wireless 802.11 g/n   802.11 b
NIC/Ethernet * 10/100 wired ethernet    10/100 wired ethernet 
Warranty 3  Year onsite with accidental damage coverage   Some type of warranty highly recommended
Optical Drive ** CD/DVD burner, DVD +/- RW   CD/DVD burner, DVD +/- RW
Notes: *Wireless network access is not available in every area of campus.  A NIC or wired ethernet port provides an alternative means for network and Internet access.
  **An optical drive is required for some software installations and some coursework submissions.

Other Items to consider

When considering what type of system to bring to campus, you might also consider bringing some other items as well. See Other Suggestions.