Computing Recommendations

Our recommendations are based on the purchase of a new computer. These are guidelines only.

Laptop Recommendations

 

Entry Level

Mid Range

High End

Processor

Intel Core i3

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

RAM

3 GB

4 - 6 GB

8 GB or higher

Hard Drive

250 GB SATA

320 GB SATA

500 GB SATA or higher; Solid State Drive

Media Drive

CD-RW/DVD

CD-RW/DVD+-RW

CD-RW/DVD+-RW; Blu-ray

Video RAM

Intel HD 3000

Intel HD 3000 or 256 - 512 MB Discrete Graphics

1 GB or higher Discrete Graphics

Connectivity/Extras

Ethernet, Wireless, Integrated Webcam

Ethernet, HDMI, Wireless, Bluetooth, Firewire, Integrated Webcam

Ethernet, HDMI, Wireless, Bluetooth, Express Card Slot, Firewire, Integrated Webcam, Media Card Reader

Desktop Recommendations

 

Entry Level

Mid Range

High End

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

RAM

3 GB

4 - 8 GB

8 GB or higher

Hard Drive

500 GB

640 GB - 1 TB

1 TB or higher

Media Drive

CD-RW/DVD

CD-RW/DVD+-RW

Blu-Ray/DVD Burner

Video RAM

Integrated Graphics

256 MB - 512 MB Discrete Graphics

1GB Discrete Graphics or higher

Connectivity/Extras

Multiple USB, Ethernet

Multiple USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless, Media Card Reader

Multiple USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Firewire, Wireless, HDMI, Multimedia Card Reader, TV Tuner