University Computer Guidelines and Specifications


Desktop Specifications

The lists below provide the minimum recommended specifications for computers purchased for personal, business and home use. They are separated into minimum recommendation for a new computer and acceptable minimum existing computer. Remember, computers bought for university use must have the recommended three year warranty.

Student, Staff & Faculty Personal Desktop Specifications
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
7th Gen Intel Quad i5/i7 (1.8Ghz, 6M) or
 AMD equiv
7th Gen Intel i3/i5 (3.0 Ghz) or
AMD equiv
Memory
8/16 GB (64 bit OS)
6 GB (64 bit OS)
Hard Drive
256/512 GB Solid State Drive
500 GB 7200 RPM Drive
Video Card
2/4 GB or higher
2 GB  or higher
Monitor
22" LED Wide screen
20" LCD Flat Panel or larger
Media Drive SD Media Card Reade (Optional)
8x DVD +/- RW
Operating System
Windows 10 Home/Pro 64Bit 
Windows 8.1 Home/Pro
LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Warranty
3 year warranty 
 
Note: Student warranties should cover the students expected stay at the university
and have provisions for an expedient turn around should repairs be needed.
Last Updated 8/2018
 
University PC Desktop Specifications
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor 7th Gen Intel Quad Core i5/i7 (1.8 Ghz) or AMD equiv 7th Gen Intel Dual Core i5 (3.4 Ghz) or AMD equiv
Memory
8/16 GB (64 bit OS) Higher w/CAD 
6 GB (64 bit OS)
Hard Drive
256/512 GB SSD 
500 GB Hybrid Drive
Video Card
2 GB (or higher) for dual Monitors
4 GB or higher if running Auto CAD
2 GB or higher
Monitor

22" LED Wide screen

20" wide screen LCD or larger
Media Drive SD Media Card Reade (Optional)
8x DVD +/- RW
Operating System
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit)
LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Warranty
3 year warranty
3 year warranty 
Note:All Computers, laptops, iPads, tablets and like items must be purchased with a Purchase Order. See section 3 of the Purchasing Procurement Card User Guide Sub section 3.6 Limitations On All Cards. PCard Users Guide Also note that systems for university use must have a three (3) year warranty.
Last Updated 8/2018
 
Apple Desktop Specifications- IMac
(For both University use and Personal computers)
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computer
Processor 3.4 Ghz quad-core Intel i5 2.7 GHz Dual Core Intel i5
Memory
8/16 GB
8 GB
Hard Drive
1TB Fusion Drive
500 GB SATA HDD
Video Card
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Monitor
21.5/27"  LED Panel
21.5" LCD Panel
Media Drive
Apple USB SuperDrive
Super Drive
Operating System
Mac OS X "High Sierra"
Mac OS X "Sierra"
LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Warranty 3 yr Apple Care warranty 3 yr Apple Care warranty 
Note: ALL Apple Computers for University use must include the Apple Care Warranty
Last Updated 8/2018
 

Notebook/Laptop Specifications

The lists below provide the minimum recommended specifications for computers purchased for personal, business and home use. They are seperated into minimum recommendation for a new computer and acceptable minimum existing computer. Remember, computers bought for university use must have the recommended three year warranty.

Student, Staff and Faculty Personal Notebooks
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
7th Gen Intel i5 Quad Core, 1.7 GHz
or (AMD Equiv)
7th Gen Intel Dual Core i5
(or AMD Equiv)
Memory
8/16 GB (64 Bit OS)
6 GB
Hard Drive
256/512 GB SSD Drive
500 GB SATA Drive
Media Drive
SD Media Card Reader (Optional)
8 DVD +/-RW
Operating System
 
Windows 10/8.1 Home or Professional (64 bit)
 
Windows 8.1 Home/Pro (64 bit)
LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11 ac  w/Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN
Warranty
3 year warranty
 
Last Updated 8/2018
 
University Notebooks
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
7th Gen Intel i5 Quad Core 1.7 Ghz
(or AMD Equiv)
7th Gen Intel Dual Core i5-2.60Ghz
(or AMD Equiv)
Memory
8 GB (64 Bit OS)
6 GB
Hard Drive
256/512 GB Hybrid Drive
500 GB SATA Drive
Media Drive
16x DVD +/- RW
8x DVD +/-RW
Operating System
Windows 10 (64 bit)
Professional/Enterprise
Windows 8.1 Ent. (64 Bit)
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11 ac w/Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/ WLAN
Warranty
3 year warranty
3 year warranty 
Note:All desktops, laptops, iPads, tablets and like items cannot be purchased With a purchase card. These items must be purchased with a Purchase Order. See section 3 of the Purchasing Procurement Card User Guide Sub section 3.6 Limitations On All Cards. PCard Users Guide Also note that systems for university use must have a minimum three (3) year warranty.
Last Updated 8/2018
 
Apple Notebooks
(For both University use and Personal computers)
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
1.3 Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 
2.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i3
Memory
8 GB  1866Mhz 
8 GB  1600Mhz
Hard Drive
256GB PCIe-based SSD
128GB PCIe-based flash storage
Media Drive
External USB-C Media Drive
USB Super drive
Operating System
Mac OS X "High Sierra"
Mac OS X "Sierra"
LAN
USBC to Ethernet Adapter
Thunderbolt Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11ac w/Bluetooth 4.0
802.11 a/b/g WLAN
Warranty
3 year Apple Care warranty
3 year Apple Care warranty 
Note: AllComputers for University use must include the Apple Care Warranty
Last Updated 8/2018
 
Tablets
Item
Tablet Recommended Min.
Processor
1.8 GHz
Memory
2 GB (4GB recommended)
Storage
32 GB
Screen
10.1"  1920x1080 pixels
Operating System
Most current OS for model chosen
Optical Drive
None
Wi-Fi Interface
802.11 a/b/g/n
Camera 8 MP
Warranty
1 year warranty
Note: Tablets for University use must include at least a 2 year Warranty and can be accquired via credit card if the price is $299 and below. All items higher must be done via a purchase order. See Information Technology Guidelines, Procedure 104A, sub section, Computer Purchase Exceptions.
Last Updated 8/2018
 
iPads 
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Processor
A10 chip/64-bit
Storage
32 GB
Screen Depends on Model chosen
Wi-Fi Interface
802.11ac with MIMO w/Bluetooth 4.2
Warranty
2 year warranty
Carrier Choice (University-AT&T)
Note: Ipads for University use must include the 2 year Apple Care Warranty and be acquired via a purchase order.
Last Updated 8/2018
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Last update:
2018-08-07 04:23
Author:
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