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Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Computer Specs - Windows

· Preferably a laptop (for portability)

· Windows 7 or 8  

· Intel i3, i5, i7 series processor

· 8GB RAM

· 256 MB video RAM

· 500GB hard drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

Computer Specs - Mac

· Preferably a laptop (for portability)

· OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later

· Intel i3, i5, i7 series processor

· 8GB RAM

· 500GB hard drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

Broadband Specs - REQUIRED

· 1MB download speed

· 1MB upload speed

          Test your speed at www.speedtest.net

Software Specs - REQUIRED

· Adobe Reader (https://get.adobe.com/reader)

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· Adobe Flash Player (https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer )

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· Apple QuickTime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime)

- Free

· Firefox Web browser (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free  (You will use this for UBLearns – DO NOT use Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome)

· Microsoft Office 2013 - Windows (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Office 2011 - Mac (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html)

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Silverlight (www.microsoft.com/silverlight)

 - Free

· Symantec Antivirus and Firewall (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html)

- Free for UB Students

Software Specs - Recommended

· Adobe Shockwave Player (www.adobe.com/shockwave )

- Free

· EndNote (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Skype for Business video conference software

(http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/conference/virtual-conference.html)

- Part of Office 2013 for Windows users

- Mac users must download and install separately  

- Use these instructions to sign-in for the first time

(http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/conference/virtual-conference/find-answers-about-lync-all/cant-sign-in-to-lync-error1.html )

Other Strong Recommendations

·Printer & Scanner

· UBFS cloud storage space – 250MB

- (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/file-storage-and-sharing/accessing-myfiles-from-anywhere.html)

-  Free for UB students

-  You need to backup everything!!!

· 16GB flash drive (portable backup)

Optional

· External computer monitor to setup a dual monitor system (good for laptop systems)

Computer Requirements for Graduate Students

Computer Specs - Windows

· Windows 7 or 8  

· Intel i3, i5, i7 series Processor

· 8GB RAM

· 256 MB video RAM

· 500GB hard drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

· Web camera

- Microsoft LifeCam, if not built-in already (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/webcams )

· Headset with microphone recommended

- Earbud headphones at minimum

Computer Specs - Mac

· OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later

· Intel i3, i5, i7 series processor

· 8GB RAM

· 500GB hard drive

· DVD+/-RW drive

· Headset with microphone recommended

- Earbud headphones at minimum

Broadband Specs - REQUIRED

· 1MB download speed

· 1MB upload speed

          Test your speed at www.speedtest.net

Software Specs - REQUIRED

· Adobe Reader (https://get.adobe.com/reader)

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· Adobe Flash Player (https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer )

- Free (Uncheck McAfee install box)

· Apple QuickTime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime)

- Free

· Cisco AnyConnect VPN Off-Campus client (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html)

- Free for UB Students

· Firefox Web browser (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free  (You will use this for UBLearns – DO NOT use Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome)

· Microsoft Office 2013 - Windows (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Office 2011 - Mac (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html)

- Free for UB Students

· Microsoft Silverlight (www.microsoft.com/silverlight)

 - Free

· Microsoft Skype for Business video conference software (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/conference/virtual-conference.html)

- Part of Office 2013 for Windows users

- Mac users must download and install separately  

- Use these instructions to sign-in for the first time

(http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/conference/virtual-conference/find-answers-about-lync-all/cant-sign-in-to-lync-error1.html )

· SPSS (Latest version) (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/purchasing/personally-owned-computers.html )

- At instructor’s request (don’t purchase it until you need it for a class)

· Symantec Antivirus and Firewall (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html)

- Free for UB Students

Software Specs - Recommended

· Adobe Shockwave Player (www.adobe.com/shockwave )

- Free

· EndNote (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/software/downloading.html )

- Free for UB Students

Other Strong Recommendations

·Printer & scanner

· UBFS cloud storage space – 250MB

- (http://www.buffalo.edu/ubit/service-guides/file-storage-and-sharing/accessing-myfiles-from-anywhere.html)

-  Free for UB students

-   You need to backup everything!!!

· 16GB Flash Drive (portable backup)

· External Hard Drive 1TB (data collection backup)

Optional

· External Computer monitor to setup a dual monitor system (good for laptop systems)

You must regularly backup all papers, presentations and research.

Questions regarding the technology requirements or computer purchase recommendations?

Please contact:
nur-ithelp@buffalo.edu

(716) 829-2796

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