Computer requirements

SUGGESTED MINIMUM LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS:

If obtaining a laptop for yourself for use with your studies, here are suggested minimum hardware specifications recommended for your DC related computer activities:

Most students tend to use Windows-based computers and some prefer to use an Apple (Mac) device.

Any platform can work with studies within the School of Health and Community Services.

  WINDOWS PC MAC
Operating System Windows 7 or 10 64-bit (Pro edition is preferred)

  • Windows 7 must be at version Service Pack 1 (current updates)
  • Windows 10 must have the latest updates installed
Mac OS 10.12 or higher
Processor Type Core i5 or Higher Processor Core i5 U or Higher Processor
Memory Minimum 8GB RAM Minimum 8GB RAM
Hard Drive Minimum 250GB Minimum 250GB
Graphics Card Intel Integrated Graphics or better Intel Integrated Graphics or better
Wireless Network Card optional Optional
Virus Protection An up to date Antivirus client is required.  (Note Windows 10 has built-in Windows Defender) An up to date Antivirus client is required.
Additional requirements
  • If required to do any on-site presentations, note that Durham College projectors support VGA and HDMI connections. If your machine does not have a supported display connector, you may be required to obtain an adapter.
  • If required to do any on-site presentations, note that Durham College projectors support VGA and HDMI connections. If your machine does not have a supported display connector, you may be required to obtain an adapter.