A computer purchase is not required to attend KGCOE. However, if you do want to bring your own, here are some things to think about before purchasing.
Operating System – Windows or Mac (Apple)
This is largely a personal preference. Most of the advanced applications that students work with will be used on lab computers and not their personal systems. The main concern here is that you have the latest version of Microsoft Office. Office 2010 for Windows is the current standard with Office 2010 being the newest release. Office 2007 will still work if you already have it. Office 2010 is the standard for Mac’s. By now all laptops and PC's are arriving with Windows 8.
Laptop or Desktop
Laptops are great for portability and will run many of today's computer applications. Desktops give you more power for the money. They generally have a faster CPU, and are capable of more internal devices. They are also more upgradeable. It is really a personal choice.
Processor (3+ GHZ)
Faster is generally better. Look at the fastest CPU speed and drop back one or two steps. Many students have purchased systems with both Intel and AMD CPU's. The AMD processors are a bit cheaper and the performance of the high end processor is comparable to the standard I7 Intel chip. There are few if any compatibility issues.
A minimum of 4 GB of RAM is highly recommended.
The 2 TB hard drives are now standard. Bigger hard drives are available and having a second external hard drive for backing up your information is highly recommended.
A DVD writer would be very helpful for data storage; music files etc. DVD writers also read and write CD images as well. DVDs will hold over 7 CDs worth of data. The newer type DVDs will be able to hold 14 CDs worth of data.
USB Flash drive (pen/thumb drive) 1GB or larger (consider getting 2).
A 20" or 23" flat panel is a real space saver and offers excellent resolution.
RIT has good Wi-Fi coverage on campus for wireless networking. 10/100/1000 and Wifi (802.11n) is the currently provided. The Institute has an OC3 backbone, (very fast), that is provided throughout the campus in the academic and living areas. Road Runner and DSL are available in the area for those away from campus. An Ethernet connection is a must. You can also connect to the campus network via modem for free. The connection is usually around 45-53kbps. Not bad for a modem connection but not near the speed of Ethernet. If you have a laptop, wireless would be a great choice if you plan to carry your laptop around. Wireless technology is available across the campus as well (some areas have limited coverage).
Graphics and Video
A 1Gb card should be sufficient for most applications and games and CAD programs. NVIDIA GeForce MX or similar is a decent card. A laptop that has separate memory set aside for video of at least 512MB will be sufficient.
There are plenty of black and white printers on campus. Color laser printers are available; there may be a fee for this type of printing. An inexpensive DeskJet is advisable for those quick print jobs or to print pictures or papers of a personal nature.
Get the three year extended warranty if you can afford to do so.
RIT has agreements with many computer manufacturers such as Dell, Apple, SONY. Please call RIT Computer Sales at 585-475-2211 or for more information on these purchasing programs.
Electrical Engineering Department Resources
- For information about gaining cardswipe access to Electrical Engineering Labs, please contact Ken Synder. Anyone wishing to have access to Electrical Engineering Studio Labs must be enrolled in an Electrical Engineering course. For access to research facilities, sponsorship must be first provided by the associated professor(s).
- To receive access to Electrical Engineering lab kits (i.e., the kit purchased for Circuits I), please contact Ken Synder.
- For assistance with issues with devices in the Electrical Engineering labs (Studio or otherwise) please contact Jim Stefano.