A student's computer should effectively run the standard software suite. The computer should be fast enough and have enough memory and disk space to provide satisfactory performance over a usable life of at least two years.
The following are minimum hardware requirements for students entering Georgia Tech in Summer & Fall 2012.
Form Factor: Notebook or laptop. (A netbook should not be used as the primary computing device.) A minimum battery life of 2 hours is required.
Processor: 64-bit multi-core processor or better.
Memory: 8 GB or more. For best performance, we recommend that you install as much memory as is affordable at the time of purchase.
Hard Drive: 250 GB hard disk drive or 128 GB solid state drive, or larger.
External Hard Drive: For local backup, an external hard drive with double the size of the internal hard drive.
Networking: Wireless 802.11n capable.
Accessories: DVD writer, USB flash drive, Ethernet cable, and anti-theft cable lock. Georgia Tech's suggested accessories include: An external webcam, a USB microphone, and dongles for connecting laptop to an external display or projector.
Note that most netbooks do not meet the minimum hardware requirements above. While they may initially provide sufficient performance for basic tasks such as web browsing or simple word processing, use of technical software in courses may be difficult.
Shipping and computer order turnaround
Dell and Lenovo orders through our website are special orders, meaning that they are built-to-order and are sent directly from the manufacturer. We do not stock Dell or Lenovo laptops in store. It typically takes 3-5 business days for the computer to be built, and once the computer ships, standard shipping takes an additional 3-5 business days. Expedited shipping will only apply once the computer has shipped.
We stock our Apple laptops, so for default configurations, shipping turnaround is usually 24 hours once we receive your order. However, for custom Apple configurations, an additional 3-5 business days are needed for Apple to build the computer. Like with Dell and Lenovo orders, expedited shipping only applies once the computer has shipped and will not expedite the time it takes for the manufacturer to build the computer.
When configuring your Apple computer, choosing soley the extended AppleCare Protection Plan warranty will not delay Apple computer purchases.
Need to use a purchasing card (P-card) for your order? Simply specify that you're using a P-card in order comments during check out and we'll make sure your order is tax exempt.
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