Recommended Personal Computer Configurations
When students, faculty, and staff are looking for new personal computers, they often contact IT for advice on their purchase. While IT does not sell computers to users for personal use, we can give you a few basic ideas on things to consider when making your purchase.
If you are looking for where to buy computers, we do offer links to certain hardware providers who have special pricing for UWSP students and employees.
Computer Configuration Recommendations
You may also need to purchase accessories that are not included with a new computer purchase such as a printer cable, DVI or display port cable for your monitor, and surge protector (not just a power strip).
If you have a dial-up connection to the Internet, be sure to purchase a computer with a phone modem.
We support computers running Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) on campus. PCs should have all current service packs and updates installed.
Microsoft Office, Adobe and other software are available to students, faculty and staff a reduced price compared to what you will pay from a computer vendor.
Visit our Suggested Software for Home site, for more information.
Warranty on New Computers
Most retail computers have a 1 year warranty; we suggest you upgrade the manufacturer's warranty to at least 3 years.
Note: Laptop warranties generally do not cover screen damage, such as cracking. Check with the manufacturer to see if they offer accidental damage coverage in lieu of the standard warranty.