DECS staff will consult with you and help you research systems given any specifications that you may have for a new computer. Given that technology changes rapidly and user needs can vary quite differently, we do not provide or post recommended systems.
Incoming engineering students should get a computer they are comfortable using. Any new computer will be able to more than handle the undergraduate class requirements. Mac and PC are both supported. Also, engineering computing labs are available 24/7, should any computing needs arise while in the Engineering Building. Comfort and possibly portability are what we stress as important factors when deciding on a computer.
Considering purchasing your computer with an extended warranty that includes coverage for accidental damage may be something worth considering. Most major brands offer this type of extended coverage.
If you would like assistance with designing a specific system, or have us review your specifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the DECS office during our hours of operation.