Purchasing a Computer

Here are the recommended and minimum computer specifications:


(sufficient for 4 years at Trinity without the need for an upgrade )         

(can be connected to the Trinity network, but may not run all available applications)

Processor  Win: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalent
Mac: Intel 2.6 GHz or higher 
Win: Intel or AMD 2 GHz processor
Mac: Intel 2.4 GHz
Memory  8 GB
1 GB video memory
Win: 4GB
Mac: 4GB
Hard Drive  500 GB or larger
250 GB hard drive
Operating System  Windows 10 or
Mac OS 10.9 (El Capitan) or higher 
Windows 7 or
 Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher 


There are public computers located around campus that you can use to print to a networked public printer. Two public computer labs in the library allow you to print to our black and white and color printer. You will just need your credentials and your ID card to print. Every student has $20 worth of free printing renewed every semester. You can also print to these public printers directly from your personal computer. To set up printing, visit www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/printing for instructions. Please note that any personal wireless printers you bring to campus are not supported at this time. You should bring a printer cable to connect it to your computer.

Other Items You Should Bring:

  • Virus protection software (comes installed with Windows 10, for Macs, we recommend Avast!)

  • All cables/power cords/connectors

  • Security locks for laptops

  • Ethernet Cable (25 ft. recommended if you have an Ethernet port on your computer)

  • Power surge protector

  • File storage media (i.e. USB flash drive or external hard drive)

  • Original computer boxes
    (some manufacturers will require original boxes when sending a computer in for repair—warranty or otherwise)

Lock Down that Portable!

Laptop computers can be an attractive target for thieves, especially when left unattended and insecure. You can easily deter these types of loses with the use of a security device such as a Kensington Laptop Cable Lock. They are available at the college bookstore. There are also a pool of laptop locks at the circulation desk of the library that patrons can borrow for a 24-hour reserve.

Most dorm rooms are equipped with a security anchor installed on the desk. (If you need one, please contact the Office of Residential Life at x2305.) We suggest you use this device when your laptop is being used in your room. Anchors are located on almost all of the study tables and carrels in the library.

Additional resources are listed on the New to Trinity page.