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  • Equipment Purchasing

Information Technology

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  • Guidelines for IT Equipment Purchases

    University Equipment

    MSUM computer equipment and related devices are acquired through the Information Technology department. Requests for equipment should be emailed to support@mnstate.edu for evaluation. The IT department will review the request, contact the requestor, analyze current equipment, and provide recommendations for replacement. IT will work with your specifications to ensure the equipment will meet your needs and be compatible with existing IT systems.

    Personal Equipment

    Recommended Configurations

    MSUM does not have any specific minimum requirements for student-owned computers at this time. It is generally recommend that you set a budget and then do some comparison shopping to get the best computer available for the price. Since promotions frequently change pricing, it is hard to give an accurate price/model at any given time. The following are some basic recommendations.

    Windows Computers
    Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processor
    Minimum of 2 GB of memory (RAM), but 4 GB is better
    120 GB hard drive (250 GB or more for graphic or video work)
    CD/DVD writer
    The video card should have at least 128 MB dedicated memory - 256 is better
    Wireless - campus currently has 802.11g or 802.11b access points
    A USB removable flash memory drive for transferring files
    Consider adding Accidental Damage Warranty on laptops

    Note: These requirements have recently increased to meet the specifications of the new versions of Windows and Microsoft Office that are due out later this year.

    Macintosh Computers
    Any currently available Intel processor
    Minimum of 2 GB of memory (RAM), but 4 GB is better
    Wireless - campus currently has 802.11g or 802.11b access points
    Video graphics with at least 128 MB video memory
    120 GB hard drive (250 GB or more for graphic or video work)
    Combo Drive will write CDs, SuperDrive will write CDs and DVDs
    A USB removable flash memory drive for transferring files
    Consider adding Accidental Damage Warranty on laptops

    Software
    MSUM has partnered with kivuto.com to offer discounted pricing for some software. Various Microsoft, Adobe, and other products are offered on the eSoftware Online Store. Go to the eSoftware Online Store login with your DragonNet Credentials for a complete listing of products.

    Personal Purchase Options

    Although we don't endorse any computer vendor for personal purchases, we do pass on offers that believe will be advantageous to the campus community.

    MSUM Bookstore
    MSUM employees who wish to purchase a Macintosh computer for personal use may receive an educational discount through the MSUM Bookstore.

    ByteSpeed
    ByteSpeed, a local vendor, has created several basic laptop and desktop configurations with upgrade options. They are a local company with local support. If you are planning to purchase a Windows laptop or desktop computer, you may want to check out the MSUM offers on their web site.

    Dell
    Dell has a discount program for MSUM faculty, staff and students. Just go to dell.com/msumoorhead with Member ID: US8706005. Check out this flyer for more discount opportunities.