Student Computers

CCEC maintains computer laboratories to give students access to certain, discipline-specific software applications, which may not be accessible anywhere else on campus. CCEC's two main computer laboratories are the Software Development Lab (in Building 15) and the Engineering & Construction Computer Labs (in Building 50).

Even with extended evening and weekend access to these laboratories, some of our students opt to purchase their own computers and obtain their own software licenses.  The goal of this page is to provide a little guidance to our students who wish to purchase their own computing hardware.

Science and engineering professionals often require more powerful computer systems than might be used for everyday functions.  Portability is a key feature for our students, so we concentrate here on notebook/laptop configurations.  What we present below are some relatively current, minimum specifications students may use to guide purchasing decisions:






Processor Intel Core i5 (2.6 GHz+, 3 MB+ L3 cache) Intel Core i7 (2.7 GHz+, 4 MB+ L3 cache)
Display 14” WSXGA (1440x900) or HD+ (1600x900) 15” WSXGA+ (1680x1050) or HD+ (1600x900) or FHD (1920x1080)
Hard Disk Drive 250 GB 720 RPM HDD 320 GB 7200 RPM HDD  or 240 GB+ SSD
Optical Storage 8x DVD+/-RW (built-in) 8x Blu-Ray, DVD+/-RW (Built-in)
Flash Media Reader Multicard reader, at least SD and SDHC Multicard reader, at least SD, SDHC , and SDXC
Video Controller 512 MB discrete graphics adapter (NVIDIA, ATI, etc.) 1 GB discrete graphics adapter (NVIDIA, ATI, etc.)
Network  10/100/1000 Ethernet Interface 10/100/1000 Ethernet Interface
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (WPA/WPA2) 802.11 b/g/n (WPA/WPA2)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1-compliant or newer Bluetooth 4.0-compliant
Webcam / Mic Built-in 720p webcam & mic Built-in 720p webcam & mic
Ports USB 3.0/2.0 (3|4308031&cid=AOS-US-CAMPUS-Follettor more); eSATA; external VGA/HDMI/DisplayPort; analog audio in and out   USB 3.0/2.0 (3 or more); eSATA; external VGA/HDMI/DisplayPort; analog audio in and out
Battery 6-cell (60Wh) 9-cell (90 Wh) (optional)
Warranty  3-yr NBD Onsite  with Accidental Damage Protection 4-yr NBD Onsite  with Accidental Damage Protection
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Any 64-bit Linux with virtual Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit




UNF has negotiated special discounts for our students from a number of vendors, including: