SUNY Jefferson

Computer Purchase Recommendations

If you are enrolled in the Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering and Office Technology degree programs, you are required to own a computer.  Whether you are in these programs or not, you will find that owning a computer will help with completing homework, working on projects and increasing your computer literacy.

This information provides minimum recommendations for computer configurations for buying a new computer.  They are merely recommendations and need not be followed exactly.  If you already own a computer that can run Windows 10 (the latest version of Windows) then you do not need to purchase a new computer.  A computer with these recommended minimum requirements should not need to be replaced or upgraded for two to three years.  (Please note:  we have found that many applications used by Jefferson Community College classes will NOT run from a Chrome book.)

CPU speed, memory size and hard disk capacity are the usual pieces that are upgraded over time.  If you are purchasing a new computer, these items should be considered.

Purchasing

There are many local and mail order companies that sell computers meeting the minimum recommendations.  Make sure you ask about “student” pricing. (There may be some special requirements, such as showing your student ID or having a letter sent from the College.)

Minimum Recommendations

CPU: Intel Core i5-8269U (or better)

Memory: 8 gigabytes (GB) (or more)

Hard drive capacity: 1 terabyte (TB) (or more).
NOTE:  Hard Drives come in several types such as SATA or SSD.  SSD are faster but can be more expensive. 

Monitor/Video Card: 20” with 1600 x 900 native resolution at 60 Hz (16:9 ratio)

Mouse: two/three button roller mouse

Input/Output ports: 

  • at least 2 USB ports (with at least one USB 3.0)
  • HDMI in
  • HDMI or DisplayPort video output
  • Headphone/microphone in
  • Ethernet (network) in

Optical drive: DVD or Blu-Ray drive.
NOTE:  Many computers (especially laptops) do not come with optical drives

Optional: Built-in web camera, built-in microphone, speakers, SD card reader

If considering a laptop:  Wireless 802.11ac and Bluetooth

If you prefer an Apple Macintosh computer, you may want to exceed minimum recommended requirements but you will need to purchase Windows 10 and you may want to purchase a program that will allow you to switch between the Apple OS and Windows.  You can purchase Macintosh computers directly from Apple and make sure you ask for the educational discount.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2.3GHz (or better)

Memory: 8 gigabytes (GB) (or more)

Hard drive capacity: 1 terabyte (TB) (or more). 

Monitor/Video Card: 21.5” LED display, 1920 x 1080 resolution

Mouse: two/three button roller mouse

Input/Output ports:

  • at least 2 USB ports (with at least one USB 3.0)
  • HDMI in
  • HDMI or DisplayPort video output
  • Headphone/microphone in
  • Ethernet (network) in
  • Thunderbolt

Optical drive: DVD or Blu-Ray drive.  NOTE:  sold separately

Included: Built-in web camera, built-in microphone, speakers, SD card reader

If considering a laptop: Wireless 802.11ac and Bluetooth

Make sure you ask about the warranty – especially how long it’s good for and what it covers.  Computers with longer warranties that cover more items are generally regarded as higher in quality.  Extended warranties may be worth consideration depending on your comfort level.

You are eligible for free access to Office 365 and free downloads of Microsoft Office while you are a student at Jefferson.  Get information about this from the IT Helpdesk???  

Depending on your classes, there are other software applications that may be available as a student or free for use.  You may also to purchase some course specific software.  Check with your instructor at the beginning of the semester to find out about these applications.

Printers, including wireless printers to print from your personal devices, are available for use in the library and open lab.  

Purchasing a printer is not required but is an option if you feel it would be cost and/or time effective. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the following people:

IT Helpdesk
Room 5-004, Gregor building
315-786-6511
Email:  helpdesk@sunyjefferson.edu