Recommendations for Personal Computers

Below are OCC’s suggested minimum requirements for desktop and laptop computers. For most academic areas, these standards should meet your computing needs for two or more years. An older computer may be less responsive but may provide enough functionality.

Please Note: Some curricula and certain classes may have specific technology requirements.  Be sure to check with your curriculum advisor or the department secretary for any special requirements prior to setting up or purchasing a computer. If you need help in assessing your needs, please contact your curriculum advisor. 

Suggested minimum hardware and operating system requirements:

Windows Family PC
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating System - Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Hard Drive: 40GB
  • Media Drive(s): CD-RW/DVD-ROM or DVD+/-RW drive
  • Network Port: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
  • Laptops looking to access OCCWireless: 802.11g compliant
Mac Family PC
  • Processor: G5 or Intel core duo
  • Operating System - Apple MAC OS 10.4 or later
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Hard Drive: 40GB
  • Media Drive(s): CD-RW/DVD-ROM or DVD+/-RW drive
  • Network Port: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
  • Laptops looking to access OCCWireless: 802.11g compliant

Your computer should be able to store and access materials using a removable storage device such as a USB flash drive (min 512 MB suggested), a CD or a DVD.  You might also want to consider purchasing a printer.

What should your computer be able to run?

  • Microsoft Office or another office program of your choosing 
  • An Internet browser (Win- Internet Explorer, Firefox / Mac- Safari, Firefox)
  • Antivirus (Win & Mac) software of your choosing
  • Two or more applications at the same time