University-Owned Desktop Standards

Personal Computers (PCs)

The current official vendor for PCs for Ferris is Dell Computer Corporation.

The Ferris State University Standards Committee requires the following minimums for the purchase of a new desktop computer:

  • Optiplex Product Family
  • Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor (Business model rather than personal model)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 500 GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive
  • 19 " LCD monitor
  • DVDRW+- drive
  • Integrated Network Interface Card
  • Optical Mouse With Scroll
  • 4 year Warranty
  • Video Card with 1 GB RAM

 

If the budget allows, we recommend purchasing, in the following order, additional RAM, a faster processor, a larger hard drive, and/or a larger monitor. Since each department has unique computer requirements, please contact your local computer support office to determine what hardware configuration will best suit the software applications you use for your work.

Apple Computers

Macintosh/Apple computers are also approved for purchase and use on campus.

The Ferris State University Standards Committee requires the following minimums for the purchase of a new Apple desktop computer:

  • iMac 27-inch
  • 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB Serial ATA Hard Drive
  • Video Card with 1 GB RAM
  • Magic Mouse
  • Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad
  • 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac

Exceptions

Exceptions for special situations will be evaluated by TAC on a case-by-case basis.

Computer Minimum Replacement Recommendations

In order to run the standard software load currently being used, the Standard's Committee recommends replacement of any desktop computer that is:

  • Optiplex 755 or older
  • Apple iMac with Core 2 Duo or older

Vendor Review

The PC vendor review is performed by the committee every four years. The next review will be completed in 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Technology Assistance Center.

 

Revised: January 30, 2013

Previous revision date: January 24, 2012