Shepherd University logo Information Technology
Services
SEARCH    
Home | About | Undergraduate | Graduate | Prospective | Current | Athletics | Alumni | Faculty/Staff   


I. T. Services


For Students

For Faculty/Staff

I. T. Services Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

About Us and Contacts


Can you recommend a computer?


While Shepherd does not require students to own a computer, we strongly encourage it. The decision to purchase a Windows or Apple computer should be made based on your major. Linux based computers are becoming popular, but they require a greater knowledge than PCs or Macs. Contact the department chair from your area of study to determine which type is right for you.

Shepherd does not operate a computer store and we cannot repair computers. We strongly recommend you research vendors and purchase a quality machine backed by good service. Vendors such as Dell, Apple, Gateway and HP have solid reputations. Search for education discounts from the vendor and take advantage of them if offered. Consider extended warranties.

Our suggestions below are for students looking to purchase a computer that will last four years.
 
 

Windows

Hardware Item Desktop Laptop
Processor “CPU” Intel / AMD multicore processor with a min of  2.0 GHz, 2MB L2 cache Intel / AMD multicore processor with a min of  2.0 GHz, 2MB L2 cache
Graphics Card “GPU” 256MB* 256MB*
Memory “RAM” 2 GB with 4 GB preferred 2 GB with 4 GB preferred
Hard drive “HDD” 250GB 250GB
CD / DVD Drive CD / DVD RW CD / DVD RW
Operating System Windows 7, 8/8.1 or Linux Windows 7, 8/8.1 or Linux
Network Interface 10/100 Network card 10/100 Network card
Monitor 17 inch or larger 14 inch or larger
Wireless Card No 802.11 a/b/g compliant
Optional

 

 

Warranty 3 - 4 year Recommended 3 - 4 year Recommended
Anti-Virus See recommendation below** See recommendation below**
Office Software Microsoft Office*** Microsoft Office***
 
 

Macintosh

Hardware Item Desktop Laptop
Processor “CPU” iMac with Intel multicore processor 2.0 Ghz minimum MacBook Pro with Intel multicore processor 2.0 Ghz minimum
Graphics Card “GPU” 128MB N/A
Memory “RAM” 2 GB with 4 GB preferred 2 GB with 4 GB preferred
Hard drive “HDD” 250GB 250GB
CD / DVD Drive CD / DVD RW CD / DVD RW
Operating System OS X 10.8 or 10.9 OS X 10.8 or 10.9
Network Interface 10/100 Network card 10/100 Network card
Monitor 17 inch flat panel or larger 13 inch
Wireless Card Airport Extreme Airport Extreme
Optional

 

 

Warranty 3 - 4 years Recommended 3 - 4 years Recommended
Office Software Microsoft Office*** Microsoft Office***
 
* Brand name is optional. nVidia and ATI both produce excellent products.
** Shepherd recommends using either a free anti-virus program like Microsoft Security Essentials or to have a subscription to a commercial product.
*** Microsoft Office can be purchased at a special discount rate. See Discount Software for more details.

Shepherd University | I. T. Services | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, WV | 25443-5000
User Support Desk 304-876-5457 | Main Number 304-876-5245 | email: support@shepherd.edu