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Purchasing Windows Computers

Desktop Windows computers with processors below a Core i5 Processor and notebooks with processors below a Core i7 Processor are not recommended for purchase. A minimum of 4GB of RAM is recommended; 8GB is preferred.  For those running a Virtual Machine (VM) using software like VMware Desktop, Windows Compatibility mode will require 8GB or RAM or more. See the table below for additional details. Contact DSP (dsp@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-288-6959) if you are not sure which computer meets these standards.

New Purchase Recomendations

User

Type

Model

Recommendation

Minimum RAM

Normal

Desktop

OptiPlex 790 Minitower

Encouraged

4 GB
8 GB (VM)

Normal

Laptop

ThinkPad X230 (Tablet Style)

Encouraged

4 GB
8 GB (VM)

Normal

Laptop

ThinkPad X1

Encouraged

4GB
8GB (VM)

Normal
Power

Laptop

Latitude E5430

Encouraged

4 GB
8 GB (VM)

Normal

Laptop

ThinkPad T430

Encouraged

8 GB
16 GB (VM)

Power

Laptop

ThinkPad T530

Encouraged

8 GB
16 GB (VM)

Normal
Power

Laptop

Latitude E6430

Encouraged

4 GB
8 GB (VM)

Normal
Power

Laptop

Latitude E5530

Encouraged

4 GB
8 GB (VM)

Normal
Power

All

HP, Sony, Acer, etc.

Discouraged

All

Power

Desktop

OptiPlex 990 Minitower

Encouraged

8 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.

For detailed desktop and laptop configurations contact Computer Sales. For a computer quote, complete the Computer Quote Request Form.