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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

Model: Dell Optiplex 3020 Energy Star Minitower
Processor: Intel Core Quad Core , 3.2Ghz or Equivalent 
Memory: 4.0GB DDR3 1600Mhz Non-ECC SDRAM
Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video Card: 1GB AMD RADEON HD 8490
Removable Media Storage: 16X DVD+/-RW SATA
Monitor: 19" Widescreen LCD
Estimated Cost: $598.00

2014-02-27 08:32 by slane

Current Standard Laptop
Model: Dell Latitude E6440
Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200M , 2.5Ghz or Equivalent 
Memory: 4.0GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Hard Drive: 320GB 7200RPM SATA
Removable Media Storage: 8X DVD+/-RW 
Integrated Webcam
Estimated Cost: $745.00

2014-04-01 12:39 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 February 28, 2012)

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 or Desktop

  • 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Integrated Ethernet Card
  • Integrated Wireless Card
  • Microsoft Windows 7, or OSX


  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional or Student Edition
  • Flash drives (also known as USB Memory keys, thumb drives and pen drives)
  • Surge protectors
  • Ethernet Cable

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 require Mac (Apple), please call the Help Desk at x5151 or e-mail for recommendations.

Last Updated 07/18/2013