Student Computer Ownership

What Educational Discounts are Available for my Personal Purchases?

This FAQ was last modified on: Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:38am
What is a personal purchase?

Personal purchases are for hardware and software that will be owned by you and is not purchased by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech  provides some complimentary software for students and faculty. . If you are purchasing software or hardware for Georgia Tech please visit the Departmental Purchase page. 

What do I need to connect to the Georgia Tech network or to get on the Internet?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 09:24pm

If you are living in a campus residence hall, you will need a computer and Ethernet cable for the network. The GT Technology Store has all the cabling and accessories you need for connecting your computer. More help for connecting in the residence halls can be found at

Is it better to upgrade my current computer or to buy a new one?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 05:28pm

This choice is dictated largely by your personal budget considerations. Many times increasing the RAM of your computer will provide enough of a performance boost to provide some extended life. We recommend buying as much RAM as you can afford as long as your computer still meets the minimum specs listed at If you need an evaluation of your computer and recommendations about whether or not to replace it please bring it by the Technology Support Center on Level 2 of the Clough Commons.

If I purchase a new computer, how should I decide on the processor speed?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 05:27pm

The best strategy is to purchase a relatively fast machine since it would have a longer usable life and would be able to meet your educational needs for most of your time at Georgia Tech. A good compromise between speed and cost is a processor one or two speeds slower than the fastest. A computer at the low-end of the speed scale will just adequately run the standard software and provide no room for expansion. While processor speed is important, increasing the RAM (memory) of the computer will greatly increase performance.

How do I backup my computer data?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 09:45pm

It is not a matter of if, but when will your computer crash. At some point in time, we have all experienced a system failure or computer crash. It usually happens at a time when we can least afford it, such as the night before an important presentation or while developing a thesis, etc. The question is what will you do about it. The answer is simple, back up your data on a regular basis.


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