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Computer Purchase Info for Students

Review information on computer purchase requirements for Poole College students.

Requirements

Windows Based (Preferred)Mac Based
MaximumProcessor:Intel Core i7 or betterIntel Core i7 processor
(turbo boost up to 3.4 GHz)
Memory:16 GB Minimum16 GB
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Educational or Pro (build 1607 or higher)OS X Catalina (v.10.15)
Hard Disk Driv:512 GB SSD512 Flash Storage
Wireless:(802.11a/b/g/n compliant)N/A
Other:Web Camera & MicrophoneWeb Camera & Microphone
MinimumProcessor:Intel Core i5 or betterIntel Core i5 processor (turbo boost up to 3.12 GHz)
Memory:8 GB Minimum8 GB Minimum
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Educational or Pro (build 1607 or higher)OS X Catalina (v.10.15)
Hard Disk Drive:256 GB SSD256 Flash Storage
Wireless:(802.11a/b/g/n compliant)N/A
Other:Web Camera & MicrophoneWeb Camera & Microphone

Software, Hardware and Antivirus Guidelines

NC State Bookstore Purchases

If a laptop is purchased through the NC State Bookstore, students can receive computer support at the OIT Walk-In Center that includes these areas:

  • Operating System
  • Software
  • Network Connectivity
  • Warranty and hardware repair

Location:
Central Campus
West Dunn Building, Room 101
2901 Thurman Drive at intersection with Dan Allen Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695

Software

Microsoft Office 365, including full downloadable versions of Office products, is available free for NC State students from the NC State Office 365 website.

Hardware

Please note that some of the upper level courses in certain plans of study in the Poole College of Management use software that is not compatible with Apple operating systems.

Antivirus

NC State University requires use of an approved and up-to-date antivirus program for all computers connected to the NC State network.  Anti-virus software recommendations are available at Antivirus Products.