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
4th Gen Intel i5/i7 (3.2 Ghz, 6M) or (AMD equiv)
3rd Gen Intel i3/i5 (2.8 Ghz) or (AMD equiv)
Memory
8 GB (64 bit OS)
4 GB (32bit OS Only) 6 GB (64 bit OS)
Hard Drive
500 GB Hybrid Drive
250 GB
Video Card
1 GB or higher
512 MB or higher
Monitor
20" LED Wide screen
19" LCDFlat Panel or larger
Media Drive
16x DVD +/- RW
8x DVD +/- RW
Operating System
Win 8.1/ Win 7 (64 bit)
Prem/ Professional/Ultimate
Windows 7 Pro
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 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 7/2015
 
University PC Desktop Specifications
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
4th Gen Intel i5/i7(3.6 Ghz 8mb) or (AMD equiv)
3rd Gen Intel i3/i5 (3.2 Ghz, 6M) or (AMD equiv)
Memory
8 GB (64 bit OS)
4/6 GB (64 bit OS)
Hard Drive
500 GB Hybrid Drive
320 GB HDD
Video Card
1 GB (or higher) for dual Monitors
2 GB or higher if running Auto CAD
512 MB or higher
Monitor

22" LED Flat Panel

20" wide screen LCD or larger
Media Drive
16x DVD +/- RW
8x DVD +/- RW
Operating System
Win 8.1/ Win 7 (64 bit)
Professional/Enterprise
Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN
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 7/2015
 
Apple Desktop Specifications- IMac
(For both University use and Personal computers)
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computer
Processor
2.7 GHz Quad Core Intel i5
2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo
Memory
8 GB
4 GB
Hard Drive
1TB SATA Drive
320 GB
Video Card
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
512 MB or higher
Monitor
21.5" LED Panel
20" LCD Panel
Media Drive
Apple USB SuperDrive
Super Drive
Operating System
Mac OS X "Yosemite"
Mac OS X "Mavericks"
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Warranty 3 yr Apple Care warranty  
Note: ALL Apple Computers for University use must include the Apple Care Warranty
Last Updated 7/2015
 

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
4th Gen Intel Core i5 Dual Core, 2.2GHz
or (AMD Equiv)
3rd Gen Intel Core i3
(or AMD Equiv)
Memory
8 GB (64 Bit OS)
6 GB
Hard Drive
500 GB Hybrid Drive
500 GB SATA Drive
Media Drive
16x DVD +/-RW
8 DVD +/-RW
Operating System
Win 8.1/ Win 7 (64 bit)
Professional
Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11 a/b/g/n  w/Bluetooth 4.0
802.11 b/g WLAN
Warranty
3 year warranty
 
Last Updated 7/2015
 
University Notebooks
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
4th Gen Intel Core i5-2.60Ghz
(or AMD Equiv)
3rd Gen Intel Core i3
(or AMD Equiv)
Memory
8 GB (64 Bit OS)
6 GB
Hard Drive
500 GB Hybrid Drive
320 GB SATA Drive
Media Drive
16x DVD +/- RW
8x DVD +/-RW
Operating System
Win 8.1/ Win 7 (64 bit)
Professional/Enterprise
Windows 7 64 Bit
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11 a/b/g/n w/Bluetooth 4.0
802.11 b/g/ WLAN
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 7/2015
 
Apple Notebooks
(For both University use and Personal computers)
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Acceptable Existing Computers
Processor
2.7 Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5
2.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i3
Memory
8 GB
4 GB
Hard Drive
128GB PCIe-based flash storage
500 GB SATA Drive
Media Drive
External USB SuperDrive
Super drive
Operating System
Mac OS X "Yosemite"
Mac OS X "Mavericks"
LAN
Thunderbolt Ethernet LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN
802.11 a/b/g/n w/Bluetooth 4.0
802.11 b/g WLAN
Warranty
3 year Apple Care warranty
 
Note: AllComputers for University use must include the Apple Care Warranty
Last Updated 7/2015
 
Tablets
Item
Tablet Recommended Min.
Processor
1.5 GHz
Memory
1 GB (2GB recommended)
Storage
16 GB
Screen
10.1"
Operating System
Most current OS for model chosen
Optical Drive
USB External DVD+/-RW
Wi-Fi Interface
802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN
LAN
Gigabyte Ethernet Dongle
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 7/2015
 
iPads Mini & Ipad Air
Item
New Computer Recommended Min.
Processor
A7 chip/64-bit
Storage
16 GB
Screen Depends on Model chosen
Wi-Fi Interface
802.11n with MIMO w/Bluetooth 4.0
Warranty
1 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 7/2015
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Last update:
2017-07-19 13:21
Author:
Eric Donath
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