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Recommended & Minimum Computer Configurations for Faculty & Staff (Windows)

Our recommendations and minimum system requirements for systems used within the UMass Amherst offices are meant to provide general guidelines on which computer configurations work best in the UMass Amherst enterprise computing environment and meet our Foundation Controls for security. Systems identified within this document should be purchased via BuyWays with the vendors which we have negotiated a contract with. Other system requirements may be higher depending upon the system requirements of specialized software. Please consult with your departmental IT professional or UMass Amherst IT Enterprise Desktop Support, before purchasing a computing system, should you have any questions on system configurations meeting your needs.

Sustainability

We recommend models of computers that have at least an EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold). These computers meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications and are designed to be easily recycled. Learn more about the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Laptop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i7 with vPro

Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1 (or later)
For touch-screen computers, UMass Amherst IT recommends Windows 8.1 (or later)               

Memory:

16 GB RAM (or more)

Storage:

250 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM: DVD/CD +/-RW (optional)

Monitor/Display:

14" LCD monitor

Network Adapter:
Dual-band WiFi-certified 802.11a/b/g/n - compliant adapter
Built-in Network connector (RJ-45) 10/100/1000 (or via USB Network Adapter)

Other:

Internal or external Webcam, lock, carrying case

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations which you can use to connect to the campus-wide network.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 with vPro

Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
For touch-screen computers, UMass Amherst IT recommends Windows 8.1 (or later)

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

250 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM:

DVD/CD +/-RW (optional)

Monitor/Display:

13" LCD monitor

Network Adapter:

Dual-band 802.11a/g - compliant adapter
Built-in Network connector (RJ-45) 10/100/1000 (or via USB Network Adapter)

Other:

Lock, carrying case

Desktop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i7 with vPro

Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1 (or later)

Memory:

16 GB RAM

Storage:

250 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM: DVD/CD +/-RW (optional)

Monitor/Display:

22" LCD monitor (or larger)

Network Adapter: Built-in Network connector (RJ-45) 10/100/1000

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 with vPro

Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (or later)

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

250 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM: DVD/CD +/-RW (optional)

Monitor/Display:

22" LCD monitor (or larger)

Network Adapter:

Built-in Network connector (RJ-45) 10/100/1000