Information Technology

Personal Computer Hardware Recommendations

Should I buy a Mac or a PC?

When deciding what kind of computer to buy you should check with your academic advisor to see if your area of study prefers/requires a certain type of computer (see Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Technology Requirements here). If your area has no preference, the choice is up to you. In general, areas of study that use business applications heavily are better served by a Windows computer, and areas of study using graphics and multimedia applications are better served by a Mac. Both platforms are supported by IT and the Help Desk.

Should I buy a tablet?

Tablets are good for some things and not for others. If you primarily take notes, create basic text documents, use email, and surf the web, a tablet may be for you. To learn more, visit the Tablet Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions page.

Should I get a laptop or desktop?

The choice of laptop or desktop depends on your individual wants and needs. In general, desktop computers are cheaper and easier to upgrade in the future. Laptops are slightly more expensive but enable mobility. The vast majority of Butler students bring a laptop or other mobile device to campus, but the choice is yours.

How do I get discounts on computers?

Visit the discounts page to purchase computers and other devices for personal use at special Butler pricing.

New Computer Hardware Recommendations

New Computer Hardware Recommendations
Specifications Windows Macintosh
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core or better 2.4 GHz Duo or better
Memory (RAM): 4 GB or more 4 GB or more
Storage: 250 GB or more 250 GB or more
Wireless/Network Card: Wireless: Dual Band N, Ethernet Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet
Removable Storage: 8 GB USB Flash 8 GB USB Flash
Operating System: Windows 7 or 8 OS 10.8 minimum
Backup Storage: 500 GB minimum 500 GB minimum

Please note that these recommendations may vary depending on device make, model, and/or your computing needs. For example: additional processing power, internal and external storage, and RAM is recommended for rich media users (Aboe Creative Suite, Final Cut, etc.).

Existing Computer Hardware Requirements

Visit the Security Standards page to ensure your existing computer meets the minimum requirements. All new computers meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

What kind of printer should I bring?

Printers for student use are available in all computer labs. For more information on printing at Butler, visit our PrintSmart page. If you do bring a printer with you to campus, you must disable the wireless feature and direct connect via USB in order to print. Wireless printing interferes with the network and is prohibited.