Knowledgebase: Tech at PSU
Minimum Computer Standards for the PSU Network
Posted by , Last modified by Melinda Barnsley on 30 June 2017 02:43 PM

The following guidelines were developed for typical student/office use. In most cases, this includes word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, Web browsing and PSU web-based systems.  That said, computing technology changes a lot and ITS makes every effort to keep these recommendations up to date.

Check back often for the latest information. 

Hardware Standards

Any computer purchased with PSU funds, including grant funding, must meet or exceed the following hardware specifications in order to remain connected to the PSU network.  With the cost of new equipment constantly declining, upgrades are generally not cost-effective after a machine becomes four or five years old, however ITS may be able to assist with other options, which may extend the life of an existing computer is some situations.

Desktop Models

Dell Desktop running a minimum OS of Windows 7 (SP1) or Apple Mac Mini running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
• Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
• Energy Star rated
• 8 GB RAM
• 250+ GB Solid State Hard Drives
• Integrated sound and video
• 19” Flat panel monitor
• 4-year standard warranty

Laptop Models

Dell Laptop running a minimum OS of Windows 7 (SP1) or Apple Mac Mini running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
• Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
• Energy Star rated
• 8 GB RAM
• 250+ GB Solid State Hard Drives
• Integrated sound and video
• Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac network card
• 3-year standard warranty
• Complete care(Dell) and Applecare + (Apple) - accident protection 
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