Guidelines for University Technology Equipment Purchases

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.

Professional Development Funds

Faculty who are interested in using 19B Professional Development Funds to purchase technology must contact the Information Technology Department via support@mnstate.edu to coordinate the purchase and licensing agreements. Assets purchased will be tagged with the State of MN asset tag and included in inventory. Faculty who separate from the university must return any technology assets purchased with 19B funds to the IT Help Desk prior to leaving the organization.

Personal Purchases

Some MSUM programs have computer/laptop requirements. It is recommended to check with your program before buying a new computer. If your program does not have a computer requirement it is generally recommended 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 difficult to give an accurate price/model at any given time. The following are some basic recommendations. MSUM also offers a variety of computer labs across the campus.

Windows Computers

  • Any currently available Intel processor
  • Minimum of 4 GB of memory (RAM), but 8 GB is better
  • 250 GB hard drive (500 GB or more for graphic or video work)
  • The video card should have at least 512 MB dedicated memory - 1GB 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

Macintosh Computers

  • Any currently available Intel processor
  • Minimum of 4 GB of memory (RAM), but 8 GB is better
  • Wireless - campus currently has 802.11g or 802.11b access points
  • Video graphics with at least 256 MB video memory
  • 250 GB hard drive (500 GB or more for graphic or video work)
  • A USB removable external drive for transferring files
  • Consider adding Accidental Damage Warranty on laptops

Hardware Vendors

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.

  • ByteSpeed
    ByteSpeed has created several basic laptop and desktop configurations with upgrade options. They are a local company with local support.
  • DakTech
    DakTech is a custom computer manufacturer and distributor with over 29 years of industry experience. DakTech warranties bring value and the lowest total cost of ownership for education needs.
  • Dell
    Dell has a discount program for MSUM faculty, staff, students and alumni. Member offers are available ONLY at our dedicated member site. Discounts will be applied at checkout. Dell  Sale
  • MSUM Bookstore
    MSUM students and employees who wish to purchase a Macintosh computer for personal use may receive an educational discount through the MSUM Bookstore.