Your Computer

Each member of staff normally has the use of a desktop or laptop computer whilst at the University. You can find out more about your computer in the following sections.

The standard Mac and PC Builds

The standard PC build is Windows 7 and the standard Mac build is OSX 10.11.

Both platforms are built with a modular approach, providing the core software, and allowing users to use a self-service model to install additional software’s that they may require. Studio software is installed centrally.

Administration rights

By default, IT Services do not give staff or students local administration rights. This is to protect the user, other users and the IT infrastructure. Should there be a specific requirement for local administration rights, please contact the IT Service Desk.

PC Workstation Specification:

To be able to provide staff and students with the best type of resource based on their needs, IT Services have created standard PC specifications which aim to delivery creative learning at every level. This ranges from standard specification machines to performance specifications to deliver high end computer based courses. All specifications have been created by working directly with specific courses at UCA to deliver a sustainable desktop environment.

Dell are currently the UCA's preferred supplier of PC's. All PC's are currently purchased with 4 years warranty as standard. Please see below for the current specification of PC's for 2016/2017.


Standard Staff PC Desktop Build - OptiPlex 7440 All-in-one

  • Intel® Core™ i5-6500 Processor
  • 8GB (1x8G) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW 9.5mm Optical Disk Drive

 



Standard Staff PC Laptop Build – Latitude E7470

  • 14” Display
  • Intel Core i5-6300U
  • 8GB (1x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive

 



Standard Staff Mac Desktop Build – 21.5” iMac

  • 21.5” Display
  • 8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 16GB 1867MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB
  • 1TB Fusion Drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200

 


Standard Staff Mac Laptop Build – 13” MacBook Pro

  • 13” Retina Display
  • 7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
  • 8GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 256GB SSD Flash Storage
  • Iris Graphics 6100

 


Standard Student Desktop Build - OptiPlex 7440 All-in-one

  • Intel® Core™ i5-6500 Processor
  • 8GB (1x8G) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive + 1TB 2.5" SATA (7,200 RPM) Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW 9.5mm Optical Disk Drive


 


Standard Student High Spec Desktop Build - Precision Tower 5810

  • Intel Xeon Processor E5-1620
  • 16GB (4x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC
  • 5" 256GB SATA Class 30 Solid State Drive + 3.5 inch 1TB SATA 7.2k RPM HDD
  • NVIDIA Quadro M4000 8GB
  • 8x Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive

 


Standard Student Gaming Desktop Build – Alienware Area 51

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5930K
  • 16GB Quad Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
  • 256GB SSD 6Gb/s Main + 4TB 5400RPM SATA 6Gb/s Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti with 6GB GDDR5

 

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