Computer Recommendations

General Recommendations

We recommend Windows 7 or Windows 10 (preferred). If you are in a program that does not have any special software requirements then a Mac should be fine. We highly recommend that you consult with your advisor and/or instructors about software requirements before choosing a Mac. Microsoft Office can be purchased at a discounted price for both Windows and Mac. Please click here for more information.

To check your current PC’s processor and memory, see below the CAD Recommendations

       Minimum

While we understand that every computer is different, most newer PCs and Macs will perform without issue for your Vermont Tech educational needs.  If your computer came with Windows 7, 8 or 10 preloaded, your processor and memory should be sufficient for the average online or hybrid course.  If your program requires special software, you should speak to the program director about specific computer requirements. For CAD recommendations, please see below.

Because Vermont Tech online courses utilize an array of multimedia and web-based resources, it is important that your internet connection be at least 1.5Mbps or faster. If you are unsure of your internet speeds, please contact your internet service provider.

If you plan on purchasing a new computer, please see the minimum and recommended requirements below.  If visiting a retail store for purchasing, we recommend printing and bringing them with you.

       Minimum

    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 4GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 120GB or more
    • Bandwidth: 1.5Mbps or better (for online courses)

       Recommended

    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 240GB or more
    • Bandwidth: 15Mbps or better (for online courses)

 

CAD Recommendations

We recommend Windows 7 or Windows 10 (preferred). Microsoft Office can be purchased at a discounted price. Please click here for more information.

Minimum

    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 240GB or more
    • Video Card: AMD or Nvidia
    • Screen Resolution: 1600×900

Recommended

    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 320GB or more
    • Video Card: AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro
    • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080

 

To check your current PC’s processor and memory, click the start menu and right click computer.  Click properties.

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The resulting window shows you information about your system including your brand and speed of processor as well as your system memory.

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To check the size of your hard drive, click the start menu and then click computer.  The resulting window shows your hard drive usage.  The last number in the “xxx GB free of xxx GB” indicates your hard drive size.

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