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Recommended software and hardware configurations

Click on the following links for purchasing methods and recommendations/guidelines:

These configurations are provided to give a balance between cost and performance. Note that technology specifications change constantly and that an adequately performing computer or device today may not perform adequately throughout your time at Texas Tech.

The TTU IT Division offers software through a site license agreements between Texas Tech University and various software vendors. Please see http://itts.ttu.edu/software for details.

TTUnet network standards

Connecting To Texas Tech University
On-campus wired network 10/100/1,000 Mbps Ethernet
On-campus Wi-Fi network 802.11n wireless with WPA2 Enterprise (more info)
Off-campus broadband DSL, cable modem, or other broadband service

For instructions on how to connect, troubleshoot connection problems, or to review policies regarding network usage, please search askIT at www.askit.ttu.edu.

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Software recommendations

Operating Systems
Windows 8 or 8.1 Enterprise or Professional Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main
Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main
Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main
Mac OS 10.7 or higher  
Operating Systems Components and Security Service Packs and Patches
Windows operating system and Microsoft Office updates http://askit.ttu.edu/winupdate
Mac operating system updates http://askit.ttu.edu/macupdate
Application Software
Microsoft Office 2013 or 2010 Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main or from https://eraider.ttu.edu
Microsoft Lync Site license available at TTU through https://unifiedcommunications.ttu.edu/downloads.aspx
Anti-virus Software
Symantec Endpoint Protection Site license available at TTU through ATLC Main or from https://eraider.ttu.edu
Internet Browsing Software
Internet Explorer 9 or higher http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie
Safari 5 or higher http://www.apple.com/safari
Mozilla Firefox 10 or higher http://www.firefox.com
Browser Plug-ins
Adobe Flash Player http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer
TechMail
Microsoft Office Outlook (Exchange Server configuration) http://www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu/solutions/hdi_outlook.php
Outlook Web App http://www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu/solutions/owa
POP/IMAP client software http://www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu/solutions/email/pop_imap.php
Office 365 http://askit.ttu.edu/office365
Additional Utilities
Adobe Reader http://www.adobe.com/reader

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Desktop hardware configuration: Standard user

This computer will provide adequate computing power for most individuals. This configuration will be sufficient to complete most common assignments, browse the Web, and compile data.

Processor Dual Core
RAM (memory) 8 GB
Hard drive 320 GB
Optical drive 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Monitor Flat panel display, 19" or higher
Sound Integrated, standard

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Desktop hardware configuration: Power user

This computer is closer to the leading edge of computer power and provides additional computing resources required to work with CPU-intensive applications such as CAD, programming utilities, digital image manipulation, etc.

Processor Quad Core
RAM (memory) 16 GB
Hard drive 500 GB
Optical drive(s) 24X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 1 GB or above PCI-Express with DVI out
Monitor Widescreen flat panel display, 22" or higher, with DVI input
Sound Integrated, 5.1 channel

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Laptop hardware configuration: Standard user

This computer will provide adequate computing power for most individuals. This configuration will be sufficient to complete most common assignments, browse the Web, and compile data.

Processor Dual Core
RAM (memory) 4-8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB
Optical Drive(s) 8X DVD +/- RW combo drive or external optical drive
Network 802.11n wireless (802.11g or 802.11b wireless are acceptable substitutes), and Ethernet adapter for wired connectivity*
Monitor 12" or higher

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Note: Wireless connectivity may not be available in all locations on campus. Wired connectivity may be required, which may require an adapter for some laptops.

Laptop hardware configuration: Power user

This computer is closer to the leading edge of computer power and provides additional computing resources required to work with CPU-intensive applications. It also provides the ultimate benefit of mobility.

Processor Quad Core
RAM (memory) 8 GB or higher
Hard drive 256 GB SSD or higher
Optical drive(s) 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Network 802.11n wireless adapter (802.11g or 802.11b wireless are acceptable substitutes), and Ethernet adapter for wired connectivity*
Monitor 12" or higher

Note: Wireless connectivity may not be available in all locations on campus. Wired connectivity may be required, which may require an adapter for some laptops.

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Printers

Printer Specifications
For TTU departmental purchases, consider the following specifications:
Printer speed Color vs. black & white
Printer resolution Laser/toner vs. inkjet
Printer connectivity (i.e. USB, wired network) Physical dimensions and weight

Note: Wi-Fi enabled printers are not supported on the TTUnet network.

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Mobile devices

Recommended Mobile Devices
Android 4.0 or higher
iOS 6 or higher
Windows Phone 7 or higher

Note: All university-purchased smartphones must be coordinated through Communication Services. For assistance in selecting or purchasing a wireless data device, please contact Communication Services at (806) 742-2000.

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