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

Addi​tional Recommendations


When purchasing wireless accessories choose dual band technology (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz capable.)

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.)

Operating Systems
We support computers running Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) on campus. PCs should have all current service packs and updates installed.

Printing is included with student tuition, therefore, personal printers are not necessary. For additional information about printing on campus visit our Printing page.

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloudand other software are available to students, faculty and staff a reduced price compared to what you will pay from a computer vendor. Click on Special Pricing for Personal Software located on the right additional information.

Visit our Other Software for Home page, for suggested software for personal use.

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.

Wireless Routers
Routers are prohibited on the campus network (this includes the Residence Halls).

Distance Education / Online Courses
Distance Education and online courses have additional hardware, software, and internet connectivity requirements. Please refer to the recommended configurations for online instruction for more information.