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Recommendations - Faculty and Staff PC Desktop

Last Updated: 09/08/2015


Both minimum requirements and high performance recommendations are listed below. Print out this list and take it with you when you go to buy your computer.

Model Specifications

Type of Technology Minimum Recommendation High Performance
Model Recommendation Dell Optiplex 9020 i5 through the University of Colorado Dell contract Dell Optiplex 9020 i7 through the University of Colorado Dell contract
CPU Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 500 GB Solid State Drive (256 GB or more) or 1 TB
Video Card

Integrated Graphics Card

Dedicated Graphics Card w/ 1 GB

  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt (if available)
Remote Management
  • 3 years parts and labor, or more depending on your renewal and replacement cycle.

Operating System, Software, and Additional Recommendations

Type of Technology Recommendation
Operating System
Productivity Tools
Web Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Email Programs
Video Conferencing/IM
Virus/Anti-spyware Protection
External Storage
Laptop Physical Security
  • OIT recommends that laptops are registered through the laptop registration program.
  • Laptop locks, which can be purchased at the CU Bookstore.
  • For faculty members with gradebooks or other private data files on their laptops, OIT strongly recommends whole disk encryption software called PGP.
Faculty and Staff PC Considerations

Besides the minimum recommendations above it is recommended that you consider the following:

  • Purchasing Computers and Software at Educational Prices
    • Visit the Dell Contract page to learn more about the University of Colorado's special arrangement with Dell.
    • Computers and software meeting these recommendations can be purchased at the CU Bookstore for an educational discount.
    • Faculty purchasing computers should learn more about the Faculty Computer Purchase Program.
  • Solid State Drives
    • Solid State Drives offer superior performance but less capacity.
  • Extras
    • It is encouraged that you backup your files to university provided cloud storage or an external hard drive.