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Student 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). 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.

How do I get discounts on computers?

Visit the discounts page to purchase computers and other devices for personal use at special Butler pricing. IT recommends shopping multiple stores before purchasing in order to get the best deal.

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

802.11 b/g/n/ac

802.11 b/g/n/ac

Network Adapter:

Ethernet 10/100

Ethernet 10/100

Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10 OS 10.9 minimum
Backup Storage: 500 GB 500 GB

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.).

Students are encouraged to make use of the unlimited storage space provided via Butler Google Drive for storing and backing up files.

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.