Information Technology Services

Computer Buying Guide

There are many decisions to make when purchasing a new computer. ITS recommends the following specifications as well as websites that offer students educational discounts. If you have any questions after reviewing these lists, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 312.427.2737 ext. 550 or Or visit us in room 733, 7th floor, State Street building (via the main elevators or take the stairs from the 6th floor just outside the library).

Recommended Websites

Apple JMLS Student Discount Page
Lenovo Student Discount Page
Lenovo Yoga 900 Laptop Series

Recommended Computer Buying Guide Specifications

i3, budget grade
i5, mid-level grade
i7, professional grade

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (recommended)

Memory (RAM)
4GB, minimum
6GB–8GB, standard
12GB–16GB, professional

Hard Drive (storage)
HDD (hard disk drive), older technology
SSD (solid state drive), newer technology (highly recommended)

Personal Options to Consider
Microsoft Office (one free license offered through JMLS)
Screen size
Battery life
Ethernet port
USB ports
CD/DVD optical drive
Built-in Camera


Contact Us

Information Technology Services
7th Floor (State Street Bldg.)
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 550

Help Desk Hours
Mon–Thurs: 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed