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 8 or
Mac OS 10.9 or higher 
Windows 7,Vista or
 Mac OS 10.7 or higher 


Other Items You’ll Need (Help Desk may require for service):

  • Virus protection software
    Security Essentials for Windows users can be downloaded for free, an install CD for McAfee Security for Macs can be borrowed from the library circulation desk

  • Operating system CDs

  • Drivers/applications CDs

  • All cables/power cords/connectors

  • Security locks for laptops

  • Instruction manuals

  • Ethernet Cable (25 ft. recommended)

Additional Items:

  • Power surge protector

  • Mouse pad

  • Laptop carrying case

  • 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 Notebook MicroSaver Security Cable. 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.