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Recommended PCs - SCS Computing Facilities

The following PC configurations, are recommended by SCS Computing Facilities:

As of: October 2017

SCS Computing Facilities has tested the configurations and found them to work with the currently supported Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. If you choose to purchase a PC not on this list and wish to run Linux, please check with SCS Help Desk to confirm that your proposed hardware is compatible with an SCS Computing Facilities supported version.

Some flexibility is possible regarding memory and disk configurations. Please ensure your requested configuration considers your usage, storage and performance requirements as some computers (such as Apple computers) now have permanent, soldered-in memory, storage and/or CPU components. SCS Computing Facilities will attempt to accommodate special needs. Please contact the SCS Help Desk prior to purchasing a non-recommended machine or special configuration.

Warranty Information

Recommendations:

SCS Computing Facilities staff are vendor certified to make repairs on Apple, Dell and Lenovo equipment. This allows us to order parts for advance replacement and perform repairs on site.

  • All equipment should be purchased with a minimum of 4 years of warranty coverage for Dell and Lenovo computers (if available) and 3 years of AppleCare+ for Apple Computers.
    • NOTE: The maximum warranty coverage available from Apple is 3 years (AppleCare+). SCS Computing Facilities requires purchasing this coverage for Apple computers.
  • AppleCare+ for Mac provides coverage, both parts and labor, from Apple-authorized technicians. SCS Computing Facilities technicians are Apple Certified Mac Technicians and perform these repairs on campus for your convenience. Coverage includes:
    • Your Mac computer
    • Battery
    • Included accessories such as the power adapters
    • Apple memory (RAM)
    • AirPort
    • Apple USB SuperDrive
    • Coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage. For more information, Apple's AppleCare+ policy is available at Apple's Website.
  • Dell and Lenovo laptops should be purchased with Accidental Damage Protection that includes coverage for:
    • Cracked screens
    • Liquid spills
    • Unintentional drops or bumps
    • Electrical surges
  • Without Accidental Damage Protection you will be responsible for the cost of the repair for these items regardless of warranty.

Purchasing Information

To order a machine please use the SCS Purchase Form.

  • Configuration and pricing are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Download Recommended PCs PDF
  • Please contact the SCS Help Desk with any questions or concerns, for assistance configuring any of these recommended laptops to better meet your needs, or if you wish to purchase a non-recommended machine.

Recommended Apple Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro (Touch Bar) 15"Apple MacBook Pro (Touch Bar) 13"
CategoryPerformance - Larger SizeStandard Productivity - Smaller Size
Processor7th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core i7 (2.9GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)
7th Gen Dual-core Intel® Core i5 (3.1GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz)
Memory (RAM)16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
(soldered on-board)
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
(soldered on-board)
Storage512GB SSD storage (soldered on-board)512GB SSD storage (soldered on-board)
Display15.4" Retina (2880x1800)13.3" LED (2560x1600)
GraphicsRadeon Pro 560 4GB GDDR5Intel® Iris Plus Graphics 650
Optical DriveNoNo
Onboard EthernetNoNo
WirelessYesYes
Media Card ReaderNoNo
WebcamYesYes
Touch IDYesYes
USB 3.0 PortNoNo
USB-C PortYes (Multiple)Yes (Multiple)
DVI PortNoNo
VGA PortNoNo
HDMI PortNoNo
MiniDisplay PortNoNo
Thunderbolt 2 PortNoNo
Thunderbolt 3 PortYes (Multiple USB-C Type)Yes (Multiple USB-C Type)
Approximate
Battery Life
Up to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
Approximate
Weight
4.02 lbs.3.02 lbs.
Warranty3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
Estimated Price$2948.00$2248.00

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM)
Upgrade
NoMUST upgrade at purchase
16GB Memory
N/AAdd $180.00
Storage
Upgrade
MUST upgrade at purchase
Up to 2TB
MUST upgrade at purchase
Up to 1TB
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CPU
Upgrade
MUST upgrade at purchase
7th Gen Quad-Core Intel® i7 (3.1GHz)

(Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)
MUST upgrade at purchase
7th Gen Dual-Core Intel® i7 (3.5Ghz)

(Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz)
Add $180.00Add $230.00

Optional Accessories

Docking SolutionsNoNo
AdaptersThunderbolt 3 to 2
USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
USB C to Ethernet
Mini DisplayPort to VGA
Mini DisplayPort to DVI
Thunderbolt to Ethernet
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Recommended Dell & Lenovo Laptops

  • SCS Computing Facilities software support is not offered on Linux laptops.
Dell Latitude E7480Dell Latitude 7280Lenovo ThinkPad T470pLenovo ThinkPad T470s
CategoryStandard ProductivityLightweightStandard ProductivityLightweight
ProcessorIntel® Core i7-7600U (2.8GHz)Intel® 7th Generation Core i7-7600U (2.80GHz)Intel® Core i7-7820HQ (2.9GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz)
Intel® Core i7-7600U (2.8GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz)
Memory (RAM)8GB 2133MHz DDR48GB 2133MHz DDR48GB 2400 MHz DDR412GB 2400 MHz DDR4
(4GB on-board)
Storage256GB SSD256GB SSD256 SSD SATA512G SSD SATA3
Display14.0" FHD (1920x1080)12.5" HD (1366 x 768)14" FHD (1920x1080)14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 620Intel® HD Graphics 620Intel® HD Graphics 620
Optical DriveNoNoNoNo
Onboard EthernetNoYesYesYes
WirelessYesYesYesYes
Media Card ReaderYesYesYesYes
WebcamYesYesYesYes
Fingerprint ReaderYesYesYesYes
USB 3.0 PortYesYesYesYes
DVI PortNoNoNoNo
VGA PortNoNoNoNo
HDMI PortYesYesYesYes
MiniDisplay PortYesNoYesYes
Thunderbolt PortNoYes (via USB-C)NoNo
Approximate
Battery Life
Up to 12 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 12.8 hoursUp to 10.5 hours
Approximate
Weight
3.01 lbs.2.79 lbs.4.2 lbs.2.9 lbs
Warranty4 year
with accident protection
4 year
with accident protection
3 year
with accident protection
3 year
with accident protection
Estimated Price$1765.28$1372.00$1797.54$2217.07

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) Upgrade16GB Maximum
16GB 2133MHz DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB Maximum
16GB 2133MHz DDR4 (1x16GB)
32GB Maximum
16GB 2400MHz DDR4 (2x8GB)
32GB 1600MHz DDR3L (2x16GB)
20GB Maximum
12GB DDR4-2133
(1x8GB/4GB on-board)
20GB DDR4-2133
(1x16GB/4GB on-board)
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Optional Accessories

Docking SolutionsDell E-port Plus DockDell Dock | - E-port Plus DockLenovo ThinkPad Ultra DockLenovo ThinkPad Ultra Dock
Add $142.35Add $142.35Add $229.49Add $229.49
AdaptersMini DisplayPort to VGA
Mini DisplayPort to DVI
HDMI to VGA
Mini DisplayPort to VGA
Mini DisplayPort to DVI
HDMI to VGA
HDMI to VGAHDMI to VGA
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Recommended Apple Desktops

Apple iMac 4K Retina 21.5"Apple 5K Retina iMac 27"
Processor7th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core i7 (3.4GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)
7th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core i7 (3.8GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz)
Memory (RAM)16GB 2400MHz DDR416GB 2400MHz DDR4
Storage1TB Fusion Drive2TB Fusion Drive
Display21.5" Retina 4K (4096x2304) P3 Display27" Retina 5K (5120x2880) P3 Display
GraphicsAMD® Radeon Pro 560 4GBAMD® Radeon Pro 580 8GB
Optical DriveNoNo
Onboard EthernetYesYes
WirelessYesYes
Media Card ReaderYesYes
WebcamYesYes
USB 3.0 PortYesYes
DVI PortNoNo
VGA PortNoNo
HDMI PortNoNo
MiniDisplay PortNoNo
Thunderbolt PortYes (USB-C Type)Yes (USB-C Type)
Warranty3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
Estimated Price$1698.00$2398.00

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) UpgradeMUST upgrade at purchase
32GB Maximum

32GB 2400MHz DDR4
64GB Maximum
32GB 2400MHz DDR4
64GB 2400MHz DDR4
Add $360.00Request Price

Optional Accessories

External DisplaysLG UltraFine Displays
LG UltraFine 4K and 5K Models
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Recommended Dell Desktops

Dell OptiPlex 7050Dell Precision 5810
ProcessorQuad-core Intel® i7-7700 (3.6GHz)Intel® Xeon® E5-1603 v3 (2.8GHz)
Memory (RAM)16GB 2400MHz DDR416GB 2400GHz DDR4
Storage1TB SATA 7200 RPM1TB SATA 7200 RPM
DisplayDell Ultrasharp U2414 24" (1920x1080)
with soundbar
Dell Ultrasharp U2414 24" (1920x1080)
with soundbar
GraphicsAMD Radeon R7 450 4GBNVIDIA® Quadro® K420 2GB
Optical DriveYesYes
Onboard EthernetYesYes
WirelessNoNo
Media Card ReaderNoNo
WebcamNoNo
USB 3.0 PortYesYes
DVI PortYesYes
VGA PortYesYes
HDMI PortYesYes
MiniDisplay PortNoNo
Thunderbolt PortNoNo
Warranty4 year4 year
Estimated Price$1252.42$1565.48

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) Upgrade32GB Maximum
32GB 2400MHz DDR4 (4x8GB)
128GB Maximum
128GB 2133MHz DDR4 (8x16GB)
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Optional Accessories

MonitorDell Ultrasharp U2414H
24" LCD (1920x1080)
Additional adapter may be required
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Recommended Servers

Dell PowerEdge R430Dell PowerEdge R730Dell PowerEdge T430Dell PowerEdge R815Dell PowerEdge R920
Category1U rack mount chassis2U rack mount chassisMid range tower2U high performance
rack mount chassis
4U high performance
rack mount chassis
Processor2 sockets
Uses Intel Xeon V3 processors
Up to 16 cores per socket
32 cores total
2 sockets
Uses Intel Xeon V3 processors
Up to 18 cores per socket
36 cores total
2 sockets
Uses Intel Xeon V3 processors
Up to 12 cores per socket
24 cores total
4 sockets
Uses AMD processors
Up to 16 cores per socket
64 cores total
4 sockets
Uses Intel Xeon V2 processors
Up to 15 cores per socket
60 cores total
Memory (RAM)Up to 384GBUp to 1536GBUp to 384GBUp to 512GBUp to 6TB
StorageUp to 4 x 3.5" disks
or
8 x 2.5" disks
Up to 8 x 3.5" disks
or
16 x 2.5" disks
Up to 8 x 3.5" disks
or
16 x 2.5" disks
Up to 6 x 2.5" disksUp to 24 x 2.5" disks
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