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Purchasing Macintosh Computers

Macintosh Desktop computers, Macbook Pro and Mac Air laptops with Core i5 processors (or newer) are supported; Core i7 processors are recommended. A minimum of 8 GB of RAM is recommended (with exception of the MacBook air) and 16GB for Virtual Machine or power users. For details, see the table below. Contact DSP (dsp@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-6959) if you are not sure which computer meets these standards.

New Purchase Recommendations

User

Type

Model

Recommendation

Minimum RAM

Recommended RAM

Normal

Desktop

Mac Mini

Neutral

8 GB

16 GB (for virtual machines or power users)

Normal

Laptop

MacBook Air

Encouraged for non-VM users

8 GB

8 GB (16 GB not available)

Normal
Power

Desktop

iMac

Encouraged

8 GB

16 GB (for virtual machines or power users)

Power

Desktop

Mac pro

Encouraged

16 GB

16+ GB

Power

Laptop

MacBook Pro

Encouraged

16 GB

16+ GB

Table Key

  • Normal – Typical computing power to handle general business tasks (i.e., access to email, Internet, basic office functions, calendar).
  • Power – Extra computing power for resource intensive programs (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, other design software).
  • Encouraged – Recommended.
  • Discouraged – Not recommended for performance or compatibility issues.
  • Neutral – May be desired, but is not typical in our environment. Talk with DSP for alternatives or recommendations.

Visit the Official Apple Store online for detailed desktop and laptop configurations.

For a computer quote, complete the Computer Quote Request Form.