Information Technology

Computer Hardware & Software Specs


There are no official requirements for a laptop for use by students at Minnesota West.  However, some vendors offer discounts to our students:

CDW-G
Dell
HP
Microsoft Office 2010 ($99 for students)


Program Requirements for Computer Programs

Some programs at Minnesota West require their students to purchase a laptop computer. If you already own a laptop, ask the program instructor to review specifications to verify that your laptop is sufficient for use in their program.

Students needing a laptop for the Computer Programs at Minnesota West can use the following specifications as a guideline for purchasing a computer.


Laptop specifications for Computer Programs

A computer capable of running Windows 7 Professional Operating system. Minimum requirements according to Microsoft:

  • Processor Type – 1 Ghz dual Processors (2GHz is recommended).

  • RAM – 1GB (4 is recommended).

  • Hard disk  - 80GB (150 or more GB are recommended).

  • Peripheral /Interface Devices – DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card.

  • DVD-Rom with read/write capability.

  • Wireless network card.


Optional devices

  • Mouse wired or wireless

  • Carrying case

  • Headphones


If you currently have a computer
and you are wondering if it will work for the program, please contact the instructor.


Jackson Campus
Computer Engineering Technologies
Networking Specialist
PC Maintenance Repair
Terri Pelzel, Instructor
terri.pelzel@mnwest.edu

Granite Falls Campus
Computer Support
Pam Jensen, Instructor
pam.jensen@mnwest.edu