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PC Hardware & Software Configurations

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

The TTU IT Division offers Microsoft software through a site license agreement between Microsoft and Texas Tech University. See http://www.itts.ttu.edu/software for more details.

Connecting to TTU

Connecting To Texas Tech University
On-campus wired network 10/100/1,000 Mbps Ethernet
On-campus Wi-Fi network 802.11n wireless (802.11g or 802.11b are acceptable substitutes)
Off-campus Broadband DSL, Cable Modem, or other broadband service

To connect to the wireless network please review IT Help Central's instructions for Connecting to the TTUnet Wireless Network.

You can review policies regarding network usage on Telecommunications policies page.

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Software Requirements

Operating Systems
Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate Site license available at TTU through ATLC or from https://eraider.ttu.edu
Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate Site license available at TTU through ATLC
Mac OS 10.6 or higher  
Operating Systems Components and Security Service Packs and Patches
Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office Updates http://update.microsoft.com
Mac Operating System and Microsoft Office Updates http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ithelpcentral/solutions/mac_update.php
Application Software
Microsoft Office 2010 Site license available at TTU through ATLC
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Site license available at TTU through ATLC or from https://eraider.ttu.edu
Anti-virus Software
Symantec Endpoint Protection Site license available at TTU through ATLC 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
Adobe Shockwave Player: http://www.adobe.com/products/shockwaveplayer
TechMail Email Service
Microsoft Office Outlook (Exchange Server configuration) http://www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu/solutions/hdi_outlook.php
Outlook Web Access http://www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu/solutions/owa
POP/IMAP client software http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ithelpcentral/solutions/email/pop_imap.php
Additional Utilities
Adobe Reader: http://www.adobe.com/reader

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Hardware Configurations:  Standard User

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

Configurations - Standard User
Processor Dual Core, 3.0 GHz w/ 1333 MHz bus
RAM (memory) 4 GB
Hard Drive 160 GB
Optical Drive 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 64 - 128 MB Integrated
Monitor 17"+ Flat Panel Display
Sound Integrated, standard
Printer Color Ink Jet or Laser Printer

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Hardware Configurations:  Power User

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

Configurations - Power User
Processor Quad Core, 2.8 GHz or above w/ 1333 MHz bus
RAM (memory) 4 GB
Hard Drive 320 GB
Optical Drive(s) 24X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 256 - 512 MB PCI-Express with DVI out
Monitor 17"+ Flat Panel Display with DVI input, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5 ms response time and default resolution 1280 x 1024
Sound Integrated, 5.1 channel
Printer Color Ink Jet or Laser Printer, 4800 x 1200 dpi (minimum)

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Hardware Configurations:  Currently Owned Systems

This configuration is the absolute minimum that can be supported by IT Help Central.  As computer technology advances, this configuration will, in time, be insufficient for everything except the most basic tasks, such as basic word processing or browsing. Even then, it will be unable to take full advantage of the fast on-campus Ethernet.

Configurations - Currently Owned Systems
Processor 2.0 GHz and above
RAM (memory) 2 GB
Hard Drive 40 GB
Optical Drive(s) 24X CD-RW Drive
Video 32 MB PCI and up
Monitor 15" or larger
Sound Any
Printer Any

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Hardware Configurations:  Laptops: Student Standard

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

Configurations - Laptops: Student Standard
Processor Dual Core, 2.4 GHz w/ 1066 MHz bus
RAM (memory) 2 GB
Hard Drive 160 GB
Optical Drive(s) 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 64-128 MB
Network Card Integrated Ethernet Card and 802.11n Wireless (802.11g or 802.11b are acceptable substitutes)
Monitor 14" WXGA
Printer Any

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Hardware Configurations:  Laptops: Student Power User

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

Configurations - Laptops: Student Power User
Processor Dual Core, 2.66 GHz w/ 1066 MHz bus
RAM (memory) 4 GB
Hard Drive 320 GB
Optical Drive(s) 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 256 - 512 MB
Monitor 15" WXGA+
Network Card Integrated Ethernet Card and 802.11n Wireless (802.11g or 802.11b are acceptable substitutes)
Printer Color Ink Jet or Laser Printer, 4800 x 1200 dpi (minimum)

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Hardware Configurations:  Laptops - Faculty/Staff Use

This computer will provide adequate computing power for most faculty.  This configuration will be sufficient to complete most common tasks, compile data, and print results. It will also be sufficient to access any of the on campus utilities commonly used by Faculty/Staff.

Configurations - Laptops:Faculty/Staff Use
Processor Dual Core, 2.53 Ghz w/ 1066 MHz bus
RAM (memory) 4 GB
Hard Drive 160 GB
Optical Drive(s) 8X DVD +/- RW Combo Drive
Video 128 -256 MB
Monitor 14" WXGA
Network Card Integrated Ethernet Card and 802.11n Wireless (802.11g or 802.11b are acceptable substitutes)
Printer Color Ink Jet or Laser Printer, 4800 x 1200 dpi (minimum)

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Mobile Devices - Recommended for TTU Purchased Devices

All University-purchased smartphones must be coordinated through Communication Services.  For assistance in selecting or purchasing a wireless data device, please visit the Department of Communication Services website.

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Mobile Devices - Recommended for Personal Use at TTU

Recommended Mobile Devices
Android (Honeycomb or higher) iPhone 4S or higher
Windows Phone 7 and higher iPad 2 or higher
BlackBerry 10*  

*Complete compatibility with TTU systems not confirmed by IT Help Central.

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