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Computer Requirements

SIU Student working on computer on campus

Recommended Specs for Best Performance for New Laptop Purchases:

  • Windows 10 Pro/Ultimate/HP
  • Intel i7 (quad core) or AMD Multi-core Equivalent
  • 500GB-1TB Hard Drive
  • 16 GB Memory (or as much as you can afford)
  • 1920 x 1080 or Higher Resolution (most screens cover this)
  • 15" or larger screen size

Minimum Laptop Specs*:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Any Intel Processor (Core i3, i5 or i7, Xeon, Pentium) or AMD Processor with SSE2 technology.
  • Single Core or Multi-Core
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 5 GB of free Hard Drive space (required for Windows to work)
  • 1920 x 1080 Minimum Resolution 

*We do not recommend buying the minimum spec laptop since the computer may need to last through your college years. 

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