Personal Computer Purchase Recommendations

This KB Document can be used to guide students, along with staff and faculty, with purchasing decisions for personal computers compatible with FVTC's systems.

The Information Technology Services department, along with our FVTC Help Desk, would like to offer the following information to help inform any personal purchasing decisions for technology used to access Fox Valley Technical College systems.

First, please contact your instructor or department to identify whether your degree program has any distinct technology requirements. This specific information will be communicated to pertinent students during the admissions process.

To support the FVTC mission of providing high-quality education and training, FVTC provides access to onsite computers in our campus facilities and regional centers. While not required, having home access to technology may prove valuable for students to better facilitate learning. We therefore recommend having a home computer that meets or exceeds the specifications consistent with those resources that FVTC offers onsite, as follows:

Recommended Specifications:

  • PC running Windows 10 version 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update) or later
  • Quad-core Intel i5 CPU
  • 8GB of RAM (Memory)
  • 256GB of Solid State Storage
  • 1920x1080 resolution display
  • 1280x720 resolution webcam
  • Headset with microphone/headphones -and/or- integrated microphone and speakers

To participate in videoconferencing or webinar technologies such as Virtual Classroom (VC) courses, online tutoring, virtual advising, etc., FVTC highly recommends a high-speed broadband internet service with 10 Mbps Download / 2 Mbps Upload bandwidth or greater.

You may test your computer for compatibility using our free tool here:

While a computer with the above specifications is recommended, FVTC acknowledges that not all students may have access to these resources at home. FVTC therefore also provides cloud-based virtual computers using our Citrix environment, allowing students to remotely access FVTC computers that meet our recommended specifications and contain all necessary software. This functionality can be achieved by computers meeting the following minimum specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Citrix:

Windows PC:

  • PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • Minimum 1GB RAM
  • Minimum 572MB free disk space

Apple Mac:

  • Apple computer running macOS Catalina (10.15) or later
  • Minimum 257.7MB free disk space

  • Chromebook running Google Chrome operating system (version 50 or later)

Following these minimum requirements for a computer will ensure that the FVTC Help Desk will be able to assist and support your technology needs. For any questions relating to FVTC systems support, please contact the FVTC Help Desk at 920-735-5644 or For support for your personal computer or basic troubleshooting, contact the Personal Computer Support Center

Keywords:student,laptop,chromebook,mac,macbook,windows,desktop,computer,personal,purchase,technology personalcomputer   Doc ID:103914
Owner:Thom W.Group:Fox Valley Technical College
Created:2020-07-13 12:14 CDTUpdated:2021-09-08 13:59 CDT
Sites:Fox Valley Technical College
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