Home Computer Recommendations

Personal ("home") computer recommendations for KUMC students, faculty, and staff

These recommendations are intended to assist KUMC students, faculty, and staff with buying computers for personal use (home computers, portables, etc.) in consideration of the fact that they may be used at least occasionally to access and use KUMC resources and services. Faculty and staff who need a computer for regular use for University business should consult Faculty and staff computer standards at KU Medical Center.

Please note that personal computers are not to be used to access or store sensitive information including Protected Health Information (per HIPAA); Personal Identity Information; Student Financial Information (per Graham-Leach-Bliley); student demographic and academic information (per FERPA); and other forms of sensitive information. See the university's Sensitive Information Policy. Generally faculty, staff, and students should exercise discretion in accessing and storing University, hospital, and clinical information from/on any personal computer.

Component Minimum
Processor Intel Core i5
RAM 4GB
Hard Disk 300GB
Display 1024x768
Graphics Memory 256mb
Networking Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Warranty 3 years or more
Operating System Windows 7 or for Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion


We strongly encourage you to purchase an external hard drive for backups or use an online service such as Crash Plan.

Internet connection
Even more important than the computer is the type of Internet connection you have. You will want a broadband cable modem or DSL connection; a legacy dial-up modem connection will not provide satisfactory performance. Providers of broadband connections in the Kansas City metropolitan area include Time-Warner, Comcast, SBC, AT&T, Google, and Surewest. Not all providers are available in all areas.

Software

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013
    • Faculty and staff may acquire a "Home Use Program (HUP)" copy of Microsoft Office through myKUMC. Login in to myKUMC > go to the Computing tab and select "Resources and Services" > and click on the "Purchase Microsoft Office (employees only)" link.
    • Students may acquire Microsoft Office at greatly discounted price through myKUMC. Log into MyKUMC > go to Computing tab > click on 'Purchase Other Discounted Software' link in the Resources and Services channel.
  • Security products
    • Any computer accessing any KUMC resource must be running a current version of an anti-malware program. A personal firewall is highly recommended.
    • KUMC recommends the free product Microsoft Security Essentials. Combined with Windows Firewall in Windows 7, Security Essentials provides good protection for your personal PC.
    • Alternatively you may wish to acquire a suite of security products such as Norton Internet Security or McAfee Total Protection.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player

Additional Requirements

  • For students using Adobe Connect webconferencing, a standard headset with microphone should be purchased.  NOTE: For students in School of Nursing distance programs, including RN-BSN, Masters and Post Graduate courses, a headset, microphone and web-camera are required.
  • For students using Second Life, you will need to purchase an NVIDIA or ATI graphics card meeting SL requirements. NOTE: these requirements are rather minimal and upgrades should not be required.

Contact information

For information on this policy, please contact:

Jeff Thomas
Associate Director, Customer Support
Information Resources

Last modified: May 06, 2014
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