Recommended Computers for New Students

Discounts on new computers for Drury Students

As a student of Drury, you are not required to have a personal computer unless you are an architecture major. The computer Labs located in Springfield Hall are available 24/7 for all current students to use. Still, most students prefer to have a personal computer to act as their digital home.

Educational Discounts on new Computers

For Dell computers, visit the Dell Education Store online

We highly recommended purchasing the Dell Complete Care Protection that also covers accidents and next day on-site repairs

For Apple computers, visit the Apple Store for Ed online

Click Here for Discounts on Software for Students


For students who are planning to operate a used computer, Technology Services has listed the following specifications for your consideration. Computers that meet the following requirements should be adequate for general academic and personal use. Please note that these are not requirements, but rather recommendations.

Used PCs:

  • Windows XP or Windows 7
  • Pentium 4 Processor (2.0G) or higher
  • 1GB Memory for XP or at least 2GB for Vista or Windows 7
  • Wireless G
  • Ethernet
  • 80 gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-Burner Drive
*Linux is not discouraged, but support is limited

Used Macs:
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • G4 Process or higher
  • Wireless G
  • Ethernet
  • 1GB Memory or higher
  • 40 gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-Burner Drive

New PCs
If you are looking to buy a new personal computer, Technology Services has listed the following recommendations. Before purchasing any new computer or software, be sure to check out the Education Discounts page of this website.

Dell, Asus or Sony are the recommended brands (You can also call us at 417-873-7300 if you would like advice with selecting a comptuer)

  • Pentium Core Duo2, i3-i7
  • Windows 7
  • 4GB Memory or higher
  • 250gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-BURNER Drive
  • 802.11b/g wireless (laptops)

New Macs:
  • Core Duo processor or i3-i7
  • 3GB Memory or higher
  • 250gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-BURNER Drive
  • Airport Extreme (laptops)

These specifications have been recommended with the average student in mind. New computers that meet these standards will be suitable for many general uses. However, students hoping to accomplish more heavy-handed tasks associated with their academic program may want to consider the following:


Architecture
Standard graphic design, CAD, and 3-D rendering applications are commonly used in architectural projects. Either Windows or Mac will be fine for most tasks, although many of the programs used for comoputer modeling can only run on Windows. If you purchase a Mac, be sure to also obtain Boot Camp, Parallels, or other software that allows you to run Windows on your Mac. Computers should be configured with at least 4 GB of memory for better performance, 512MB video card and 320GB of hard drive storage. Although most students do not, if you are interesting in running CAD on your personal computer, look at either a Windows-based PC or Intel Mac capable of running Windows 7


Computer Science
Students should consider a computer with a 64-bit processor running either Windows or Linux. 1 GB of memory and at least 250 GB of hard drive storage are suggested. Before buying any software, students should consult with the department for available licensing.


Design Arts
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuarkXPress will be heavily used. Computers should be configured with at least 4 GB of memory for better performance and 250 GB of hard drive storage. Although Windows is not discouraged, all in-class work will be done on Mac.


Breech School of Business
The business world is heavily reliant on the many advantages of Windows in the Enterprise setting. In-class work and outside assignments will reflect this. Breech School students should consider a laptop PC running Windows 7 and the latest version of Office Professional (see link above).


Integrated Media w/ Video Production emphasis
For those with an interest in Videography and Video Journalism, Final Cut Pro is the standard editing package used at Drury. Students who are interested in doing work on their own machines should look at a Mac capable of running the Final Cut Studio. Configurations should include at least 4 GB of memory and 320GB of hard drive storage.