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Computer Recommendations 2015

UW does not endorse any specific brand of computer.  Both Dell and Apple offer discounts to UW students, and UW provides warranty service for both brands.







 Processor die

Intel i-5 / AMD A8 APU

Intel i-7 / AMD A10 APU



4 GB - DDR3

8GB - DDR3

Hard Drive[1]


250 GB 5400 RPM

256 GB SSD or 7200 RPM 1TB or greater drive.



Integrated Graphics / 256 MB minimum

nVidia Quadra K series / AMD FirePro M4000


Only needed if you are planning on doing CUDA development, data modeling, intensive graphics, or CAD.



Windows 8.1 Home Premium 64 bit.

Mac OS 10.8

Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

Mac OSx 10.10 "Yosemite" or Mac OS 10.11 "El Capitan"


Standard 1 year

3 Year with Accident protection if offered by manufacturer.


[1] It is highly recommended to purchase an external hard drive for data backups.

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