Personal Computer Recommendations

Xavier supports both Mac (OSX) and PC (Windows 7/8) computers, and does not require any particular brand, make or model. However, we recommend that you purchase a system with the approximate specifications below.  Consider a 4 year extended warranty, including coverage for Accidental Damage.  Standard 1 year warranties do not cover physical damage.

PC or Apple Laptop/Desktop Specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7
RAM: 8 GB or more
Hard drive: 200GB or more. Consider a Solid State Drive (SSD) for performance.
Connectivity: Wired Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 a/g/n or 802.11ac (note: on PC systems, Intel wireless adapters have the best performance)
 

You may also want to consider if you need a CD/DVD-RW drive.  Note that many manufacturers no longer bundle these drives due to the growing popularity of online streaming services (such as Netflix and Amazon).

You may also want to consider how you are going to backup your data.  You can use USB sticks, external hard drives, or cloud based storage.  Your Xavier email account includes OneDrive, which offers 1TB of cloud storage.