Recommended Windows Computers

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Students / Parents

We recommend making sure your computer meets the minimum requirements below in order to be able to run Brown services, but it's not necessary to buy the exact models listed below.

  • The Bookstore Technology Center lists some models for students.
  • The Bookstore Technology Center is authorized to provide Dell warranty repairs, so that's a compelling reason to buy a Dell. They can also repair other PC models, but for a fee.
  • Don't forget to bring your Windows and software installation disks and warranty information / receipts!

Faculty / Staff

The following recommended configurations are for existing and newly purchased Windows computers. We make these recommendations because lesser machines may not work with Brown services and CIS cannot easily support systems that are no longer supported by hardware and software vendors. CIS strongly recommends purchasing Windows computers manufactured by Dell.

Windows Desktops

Recommended Desktop Specifications

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel i3 or greater
  • 4GB RAM
  • flat panel display (LCD)
  • 320GB hard drive
  • DVD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

Minimum Desktop Specifications

The MINIMUM Help Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

For Windows 7 Desktops

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel i5
  • 2GB RAM
  • flat panel display (LCD)
  • 160GB hard drive
  • DVD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

Recommended Dell Desktop Models

Dell has specific Smart Select models on their Premier page. The Smart Selects from Dell provide standard configurations that are acceptable for most Brown faculty and staff, and ship in an expedited time frame. The current model is the Dell OptiPlex 7020. To get a Dell account, please contact the CIS IT Service Center.

OptiPlex 7020

The Optiplex 7020 is available in the following "form factors":

  • Desktop
  • Small Form Factor
  • Mini Tower

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise

Windows Laptops

Recommended Specifications

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel i5
  • 4GB RAM
  • 160GB hard drive (Or 64 GB Solid State Drive)
  • DVD/CD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi wireless
  • Windows 7

Minimum Specifications

The MINIMUM Help Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

For Windows 7 Laptops

  • Modern Processor such as the Intel Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 80GB hard drive
  • DVD/CD-RW
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi wireless
  • Windows 7 Business/Enterprise

Recommended Dell Laptop Models

Latitude E5450

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Ethernet/WiFi

Latitude E7450 (Ultra-book)

Minimum Specifications:

  • i5 Intel Processor
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Ethernet/WiFi

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