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Recommended PCs - SCS Computing Facilities

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

As of: March 2016

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. SCS Computing Facilities will attempt to accommodate special needs. Please contact the SCS Help Desk prior to purchasing a non-recommended machine.

Warranty Information

Recommendations:

  • Dell and Lenovo laptops: We encourage purchasing the accidental damage protection offered by the manufacturer.
  • Apple computers: We encourage purchasing AppleCare coverage. AppleCare extends the manufacturer warranty to 3 years. AppleCare coverage does not include accidental damage protection.

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 13"Apple MacBook Air 11"
CategoryBasicLightweight
ProcessorDual-core Intel® Core i5 (2.7GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Dual-core Intel® Core i7 (2.2GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
Memory (RAM)8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
(on-board)
8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
(on-board)
Storage256GB PCIe-based Flash256GB PCIe-based Flash
Display13.3" Retina (2560x1600)11.6" LED (1366 by 768)
GraphicsIntel® Iris Graphics 6100Intel® HD Graphics 6000
Optical DriveNoNo
Onboard EthernetNoNo
WirelessYesYes
Media Card ReaderYesNo
WebcamYesYes
Fingerprint ReaderNoNo
USB 3.0 PortYesYes
DVI PortNoNo
VGA PortNoNo
HDMI PortYesNo
MiniDisplay PortNoNo
Thunderbolt PortYesYes
Approximate
Battery Life
Up to 10 hoursUp to 9 hours
Approximate
Weight
3.48 lbs.2.38 lbs.
Warranty3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
Estimated Price$1582.00$1462.00

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM)
Upgrade
MUST upgrade at purchase
16GB Maximum

16GB 1600MHz DDR3L (2x8GB)
No
Add $180.00

Optional Accessories

Docking SolutionsNoNo
AdaptersMini DisplayPort to VGA
Mini DisplayPort to DVI
Thunderbolt 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 E7470Dell Latitude E7250Lenovo ThinkPad T460Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
CategoryBasicLightweightBasicLightweight
ProcessorIntel® Core i7-6600U (2.6GHz)Dual-core Intel® Core i7-5600U (2.6GHz)Intel® Core i7-6600U (2.6GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz)
Intel® Core i7-6600U (2.6GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz)
Memory (RAM)8GB 2133MHz DDR3L8GB 1600MHz DDR3L8GB 1600 MHz DDR3L8GB DDR4-2133
(4GB on-board)
Storage256GB SSD256GB SSD Mini card256 SSD SATA256G 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 5500Intel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 520
Optical DriveNoNoNoNo
Onboard EthernetYesYesYesYes
WirelessYesYesYesYes
Media Card ReaderYesYesYesYes
WebcamYesYesYesYes
Fingerprint ReaderYesNoYesYes
USB 3.0 PortYesYesYesYes
DVI PortNoNoNoNo
VGA PortNoNoNoNo
HDMI PortYesYesYesYes
MiniDisplay PortYesYesYesYes
Thunderbolt PortNoNoNoNo
Approximate
Battery Life
Up to 11.5 hoursUp to 9 hoursUp to 10.4 hoursUp to 10 hours
Approximate
Weight
3.43 lbs.2.79 lbs.3.8 lbs.3 lbs
Warranty4 year
with accident protection
4 year
with accident protection
3 year
with accident protection
3 year
with accident protection
Estimated Price$1702.80$1544.23$1522.20$1616.70

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) Upgrade16GB Maximum
16GB 2133MHz DDR3L (2x8GB)
16GB Maximum
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L (2x8GB)
32GB Maximum
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L (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 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 21.5"Apple iMac 27"
ProcessorQuad-core Intel® Core i7 (3.3GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)
Quad-core Intel® Core i7 (4.0GHz)
(Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz)
Memory (RAM)8GB 1867MHz LPDDR3
(onboard)
8GB 1867MHz DDR3
Storage1TB SATA 5400 RPM2TB Fusion
Display21.5" Retina (4096x2304)27" Retina (5120x2880)
GraphicsIntel® Iris Pro 6200AMD Radeon R9 M395
Optical DriveNoNo
Onboard EthernetYesYes
WirelessYesYes
Media Card ReaderYesYes
WebcamYesYes
USB 3.0 PortYesYes
DVI PortNoNo
VGA PortNoNo
HDMI PortNoNo
MiniDisplay PortNoNo
Thunderbolt PortYesYes
Warranty3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
3 year
AppleCare Protection Plan
Estimated Price$1698.00$2443.00

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) UpgradeMUST upgrade at purchase
16GB Maximum

16GB 1867MHz LPDDR3
32GB Maximum
16GB 1867MHz DDR3 (2x8GB)
32GB 1867MHz DDR3 (2x8GB)
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Optional Accessories

MonitorApple Thunderbolt Display
27" LCD (2560x1440)
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Recommended Dell Desktops

Dell OptiPlex 7040Dell Precision 5810
ProcessorQuad-core Intel® i7-6700 (3.4GHz)Intel® Xeon® E5-1607 v3 (3.1GHz)
Memory (RAM)16GB 2133MHz DDR416GB 2133GHz DDR4
Storage1TB SATA 7200 RPM1TB SATA 7200 RPM
DisplayDell Ultrasharp U2414 24" (1920x1080)
with soundbar
Dell Ultrasharp U2414 24" (1920x1080)
with soundbar
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce GTX 745 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$1421.08$1772.04

Optional Upgrades

Memory (RAM) Upgrade32GB Maximum
32GB 2133MHz 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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