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Recommended Computer Specifications for Minimum and Power Users

Updated: June 12, 2018
Approved by: NMC Information Technology Department


Note for PC Users: Windows 10 Professional 64bit – English with the latest build is recommended. If you do not use any specialize administrative software. If an earlier Windows System is required consult with NMC IT on installation. Any Form Factor (Tower, Small Form Factor, All-in-One, or Tiny) that conforms to your workspace environment requirements is acceptable. UPS Power Protection is strongly recommended to add your requisitions. Lastly to reduce overall costs a standard 1 or 2-year onsite warranty is acceptable.


For Minimum Users

Expect to use the computer for basic productivity, running multiple applications such e-mail, web browsing, word processing, music and video players, and photo organization.


Category

Description

Processor

Intel Core i5 Quad Core Processor

Memory

At least 8GB DDR4

Hard Drive

At least 500GB SATA3 Hard Disk (7200 RPM)

Optical Drive

Slim DVD Burner/CD-RW, SATA (optional)

Ethernet

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

Monitor

22” LCD display with Energy Star Rating

Video Card/VRAM

128MB video RAM

Ports

At least 4 USB 3.0 ports, Display port with Graphic Dongle VGA (for SFF) or HDMI

Power Protection

750 VA UPS Battery Backup

Operating System

Windows 10 Professional 64bit – English, with latest service pack

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 years onsite next business day manufacturer’s warranty



Category

Description

Processor

Intel Core i5 Quad Core Processor

Memory

At least 8GB DDR4

Hard Drive

256GB Solid State Drive OPAL 2.0 PCIe-NVMe

Optical Drive

DVD Recordable optional

Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless

Intel dual band Wireless AC 8265 (2x2), Bluetooth 4.1, vPro

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 620

Ports

At least 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Native RJ45, MicroSD, MicroSIM, 2 Intel

Thunderbolt 3

Battery

3 to 6-cell battery

Integrated Fingerprint Reader

Wherever available

Physical Protection

Laptop travel case or bag

Operating System

Windows 10 Professional 64bit – English, with latest service pack

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 years onsite next business day manufacturer’s warranty



Category

Description

Processor

iMac 21.5” (diagonal) Retina 4K display 4096 x 2034 resolution (500nits brightness)

3.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5

Memory

8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 onboard Memory

Hard Drive

1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive Configurable up to 1TB Fusion Drive or 256GB of flash

storage (SSD)

Graphics

Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB VRAM

Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Ports

At least 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C ports) 2x Display ports (DVI or

HDMI)

Power Protection

750 VA UPS Battery Backup

Audio

Stereo Speakers, dual microphones, 3.5mm headphone jack

Operating System

macOS High Sierra

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan



Category

Description

Model

13.3” diagonal backlit with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 MacBook Pro

Processor

2.3 GHz Intel dual Core i5 with 3MB cache

Memory

At least 8GB RAM

Hard Drive

At least 256GB SSD

Optical Drive

Superdrive

Ethernet

2 Apple Thunderbolt 3 ports with 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Wireless

802.11 ac a/g/n (WPA2 Enterprise-compatible) with Bluetooth 4.2

Physical Protection

Laptop travel case or bag

Operating System

macOS High Sierra

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan


For Power Users

In addition to the tasks above, expect to use the computer for resource intensive programs for audio/video editing, graphic design, running multiple operating systems, storing large multimedia files and other processor or storage intensive situations or applications.


Category

Description

Processor

Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor

Memory

16GB expandable to 32GB DDR4

Hard Drive

At least 1TB SATA III Hard Disk (7200 RPM)

Optical Drive

DVD Burner/CD-RW, SATA (optional)

Ethernet

Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

Monitor

At least 21” LED backlit LCD display, with Energy Star 6.0 rating plus (VGA, DVI,

or HDMI)

Video Adapter

Integrated Graphics Card or NVIDIA GeForce GT73030, 2GB, DDR5 64bit DP Low

Profile

Ports

At least 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2x Display ports (DVI or HDMI)

Power Protection

750 VA UPS Battery Backup

Operating System

Windows 10 Professional 64bit – English, with latest service pack

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 years onsite next business day manufacturer’s warranty



Category

Description

Processor

Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor

Memory

At least 16GB DD4

Hard Drive

1TB Solid State Drive OPAL 2.0

Optical Drive

DVD Recordable optional

Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless

Intel dual band Wireless AC 8265 (2x2), Bluetooth 4.1, vPro

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 620

Ports

At least 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Native RJ45, MicroSD, MicroSIM, 2 Intel

Thunderbolt 3

Battery

3 to 6-cell battery

Integrated Fingerprint Reader

Wherever available

Physical Protection

Laptop travel case or bag

Operating System

Windows 10 Professional 64bit – English, with latest service pack

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 years onsite next business day manufacturer’s warranty



Category

Description

Processor

iMac 27” (diagonal) Retina 5K display (500nits brightness) 5120 x 2880 resolution

4.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7

Memory

8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 onboard Memory; 4 SO-DIMM slots

Hard Drive

1TB Fusion Drive Configurable up to 3TB Fusion Drive or up to 1 TB of flash

storage (SSD)

Graphics

Radeon Pro 575 with 4GB of VRAM

Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Ports

At least 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C ports) 2x Display ports (DVI or

HDMI)

Power Protection

750 VA UPS Battery Backup

Audio

Stereo Speakers, microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack

Operating System

MacOS High Sierra

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan



Category

Description

Model

15.4” diagonal LED backlit with IPS technology 2880 by 1800 MacBook Pro

Processor

2.9 GHz Quad Intel Core i7

Memory

16GB RAM

Hard Drive

At least 512GB PCIe based SSD

Optical Drive

Superdrive

Ethernet

4 Apple Thunderbolt 3 ports with 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Wireless

802.11 ac a/g/n (WPA2 Enterprise-compatible) with Bluetooth 4.2

Physical Protection

Laptop travel case or bag

Operating System

MacOS High Sierra

Software

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Academic License)

Warranty

1 – 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan




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