Minimum Recommended Desktop and Notebook Specifications

Minimum Recommended Desktop and Notebook Specifications below are intended for UWM students, faculty and staff to help with new computer purchases for personal or home use.

Component Recommendation
Processor DESKTOP: Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 OR AMD Phenom or Phenom II.

LAPTOP: Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 OR AMD Phenom or Phenom II.
Memory (RAM) 4 GB minimum.
Hard Disk 250 GB Serial ATA or 128GB Solid State Drive minimum.
Display DESKTOP: 20-inch widescreen LCD Flat Panel.
Video Card Integrated video is sufficient for performing basic tasks such as word processing, e-mail and Web browsing.

256MB (or more) NVIDIA or ATI video card is recommended for more graphics intensive applications and games.
Removable Storage Dual-layer DVD±RW / CD-RW Drive.

USB key with 8 GB (or more) storage recommended.
Communications DESKTOP: 10/100/1000 (gigabit) Ethernet Card.

LAPTOP: 10/100/1000 Ethernet Card (gigabit) and 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi.