Knowledgebase: Tech at PSU
Minimum Computer Standards for the PSU Network
Posted by , Last modified by Jo-Ann Guilmett on 05 August 2015 04:11 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 Windows Vista (SP2) OR Apple iMac Desktop running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
• Energy Star rated
• 4 GB RAM, 8 GB is Better
• 250 GB+ Hard drive
• 16X DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
• Integrated sound and video
• 19” Flat panel monitor
• 4-year standard warranty

Laptop Models

Dell Laptop running Windows Vista (SP2) OR Apple 13” MacBook Pro running OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
• Energy Star rated
• 4 GB RAM, 8 GB is better
• 250GB+ Hard drive
• 8X DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
• Integrated sound and video
• Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac network card
• 4-year standard warranty
• Complete care- accident protection – Available on Dell only
• 3-year replacement warranty on battery Available on Dell only


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