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Minimum Hardware Requirements for Desktops and Laptops

For Faculty & Staff Computers:

All computers purchased with State funds are now pre-approved by ITS prior to processing by Procurement & Payment Services. Departments and offices are strongly encouraged to order standard desktops and laptops as described in the Technology Procurement System.

Current Standard Desktop
Dell Optiplex 3020 Minitower
Intel® Core™ i5-4570 Processor (Quad Core, 6MB Cache, 3.2GHz, w/HD Graphics 4600)	
128GB SSD Hard Drive
8G (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Memory
Intel® Integrated Graphics Video Card	
19" Widescreen monitor
Estimated Price $692.77

2015-07-08 09:46 by tconner

Current Standard Laptop
Dell Latitude E5540 15" laptop 
4th gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U Processor 
8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory	
320GB 7200rpm Hard Drive	
8X DVD+/-RW	
Intel® Integrated HD Graphics 4400
Light Sensitive Webcam 
Estimated Price: $691.00

Optional accessory: 
E-Port, dock for charging, digital video, and USB 3.0 / eSATA port support $109.00
E-Port Plus, dock adds dual digital display and legacy port support, USB 3.0 $194.91

2015-07-21 08:21 by tconner

These configurations change from time to time as market conditions change.

For assistance with computer purchases with State funds, including hardware requirements to accommodate special needs, call the ITS Help Desk at x5151.

For Student Computers: (updated March 13, 2015)

Many students bring laptop (or notebook) computers to campus. This allows students to take advantage of wireless network while away from the residence halls.

For new computer purchases we suggest the following as minimum configurations:

Notebook, Desktop, or Tablet

  • Intel i5 Processor or Higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Integrated Ethernet Card
  • Integrated Wireless Card
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or OSX


These configurations are suggested guidelines only and are subject to change.

Note: Information on free or discounted software and antivirus can be found at and

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the ITS Help Desk at (585) 395-5151, option 1.

We do not recommend using Chromebooks as a primary computer

Last Updated 04/08/2015