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Computer System Requirements

DWC recommends a new or certified refurbished computer that from a reputable, 3rd party seller.

 

Recommended sellers include:

DWC also recommends the following as general minimum guidelines for your student computer

  • 16 GB RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • i5 processor or higher
  • Dual monitors with HDMI
  • Mic and Speakers
  • High-speed, cable internet connection

Hardware Recommendations from Microsoft & Adobe

Minimum System Requirements for MS Office

Source: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-365-and-office-resources#coreui-heading-5dcqxz4

COMPONENT REQUIREMENT

Computer and processor

Windows OS: 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core

macOS: Intel processor

Memory

Windows OS: 4 GB RAM; 2 GB RAM (32-bit)

macOS: 4 GB RAM

Hard disk

Windows OS: 4 GB of available disk space

macOS: 10 GB of available disk space; HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended) or APFS Updates may require additional storage over time.

Display

Windows OS: 1280 x 768 screen resolution (32-bit requires hardware acceleration for 4K and higher)

macOS: 1280 x 800 screen resolution

Graphics

Windows OS: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).

macOS: No graphics requirements.

Operating system

Windows OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016

macOS: One of the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new major version of macOS is released, the macOS and the previous two versions.

For the best experience, use the most current build of any operating system specified above. Product functionality and feature availability may vary on older systems.

Browser

The current version of Chrome, or Firefox. Get more detail.

Other

Internet functionality requires an internet connection. Fees may apply.

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.

Minimum System Requirements for Adobe graphic programs (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator InDesign)

Source: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

Windows

Minimum requirement
Processor Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*; 2 GHz or faster processor
Operating system Microsoft Windows 7* with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)**,
Microsoft Windows 10*** October 2018 update (64-bit) version 1809 or later
RAM 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Graphics card nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended
Hard disk space 3.1 GB or more of available hard-disk space for 64-bit installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system)
Monitor resolution 1280 x 800 display at 100% UI scaling with 16-bit color and 512 MB or more of dedicated VRAM; 2 GB is recommended †
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services ††

Cloud documents are not supported on Windows 7.

** The 32-bit version of Windows is no longer supported. For support with 32-bit drivers and plug-ins, use earlier versions of Photoshop: Links to prior version installers and updates.

*** Not supported on Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803.

† 3D features are disabled on computers having less than 512MB of VRAM. 

†† NOTICE TO USERS. Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and Adobe’s online privacy policy (see http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/legal.html). Applications and Services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

macOS

Minimum requirement
Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Operating system macOS version 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS version 10.14 (Mojave), macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)
RAM 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Graphics card nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended
Hard disk space 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system)
Monitor resolution 1280 x 800 display at 100% UI scaling with 16-bit color and 512 MB or more of dedicated VRAM; 2 GB is recommended*
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services †

Minimum System Requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro & Video Editing

Source: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/system-requirements.html

Windows

Minimum specifications Recommended specifications
Processor Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
Intel® 7thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1803 or later Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
RAM 8 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media
  • 32 GB for 4K media or higher
GPU 2 GB of GPU VRAM

For a list of recommended graphic cards, see Recommended graphics cards for Adobe Premiere Pro.

4 GB of GPU VRAM

For a list of recommended graphic cards, see Recommended graphics cards for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Hard disk space
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on removable flash storage)
  • Additional high-speed drive for media
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
Monitor resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or greater
Sound card ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
Network storage connection 1 Gigabit Ethernet (HD only) 10 Gigabit ethernet for 4K shared network workflow
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*
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macOS

Minimum specifications Recommended specifications
Processor Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU
Operating system macOS v10.13 or later macOS v10.13 or later
macOS v10.13 or laterRAM 8 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media
  • 32 GB for 4K media or higher
GPU 2 GB of GPU VRAM 4 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard disk space
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on a volume that uses a case sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).
  • Additional high-speed drive for media
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
Monitor resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or greater
Network storage connection 1 Gigabit Ethernet (HD only) 10 Gigabit ethernet for 4K shared network workflow
Internet
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*
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