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Location: Winther Hall 1006
Phone: (262) 472-2838
Email: smoniews@uww.edu

Buying a Computer


We recommend that you purchase a computer with an i5 processor of speeds of 2ghz or better and is a dual core. If you are unsure about whether to buy a MAC or a PC, talk to us. The applications that you would like to use and purpose of the computer are a factor in this decision. Processor speed is only one factor that affects how fast a computer runs.


For PC's 8GB of RAM is the minimum recommended for current software and operating systems can require a lot of memory. If you are buying a desktop or laptop and you have the option to upgrade to 16GB of RAM we recommend doing so if your budget allows. Please note, if you choose 4GB of RAM or more, the operating system needs to be 64-bit.

Hard Drive

Today a normal hard drive would be about 2 terabyte for a desktop computer, and typically larger hard drives are found on desktops, ranging from 1 terabyte - 2 terabyte.  If you work a lot with video and audio the larger hard drives are recommended. A typical hard drive size for a laptop is also now around 500GB.  We recommend at least a 500GB hard drive.  If you need more space, an external hard drive can be bought to backup data.  Solid State Drives(SSD) allow for a faster loading time, however those range from 120GB to 2TB and are much more expensive than regular hard drives.

Network Connection

 UW-Whitewater provides free wireless internet access around campus.  If you live in the residence halls, you can have an ethernet jack activated for faster internet.

ResNet | How to Connect to UWW Wireless

If you use home wifi, unless you desire mobility or have multiple computers, a wired connection is recommend. Wired connections are faster and more secure compared to wireless connections.


A printer is necessary if you want to print at home. Inkjet and laser printers are the two main choices today. Inkjet technology is almost equal to that of laser printers, and they have color capability with a lower price. When choosing a printer make sure that it is compatible with your computer, and that the necessary cables are included.

4U Program

The 4U Program is run through the iCIT program here on campus. It allows students, faculty, and staff to purchase computers and accessories through major manufacturers for a discounted price. Specifically, Dell and Apple have teamed up with UW-Whitewater to provide these discounts. Some other places that also offer discounted higher education prices are Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
4U Program