The following guidelines were developed for typical office use. In most cases, this includes word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and web browsing.
Computing technology changes a lot, and ITS will make every effort to keep these recommendations up to date. Check back often for the latest information.
These recommendations are for new computers only – please call us for advice before upgrading an existing machine. ITS generally advises that an office computer be replaced after 5 years of service. With the cost of new equipment constantly declining, upgrades are generally not cost-effective after a machine becomes four or five years old.
The information on these pages is intended for RIT owned computers, you should consult your academic department for any specific computer hardware or software you may need for your academic work.
Click here to view the standard hardware and software for the standard desktop.
Windows OS Recommended Desktop System: Dell Optiplex 9010
Through an agreement with Dell Computer, RIT offers a specially configured desktop machine known as the RIT Standard Desktop. When you buy an RIT Standard Desktop, it includes Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2007. The software is already installed on the machine, and an ITS Desktop Support Representative will come to your office at your request to set the machine up for you.
Complete specifications and pricing for Institute purchases are available from the Dell premier web page, http://www.dell.com/premier.
To get specifications and pricing for personal purchases, you need to go to a different site, located here.
To request an RIT Faculty or Staff account on the Dell Premier page, send an email to Elliotte Simpson from your RIT email ONLY. (Students should contact the Digital Den at 475-2211.) Faculty and staff should note whether they are selecting a "Shopper" account, which allows them to view pricing and build/save quotes, or a "Buyer" account, which also allows them to purchase directly from the site. You must have an RIT Purchasing Card to be set up as a "Buyer".
Note that there are a range of options offered with respect to video, memory, hard disk and other items. You can select from among these options, and then click "Update Price" at the bottom of the page. A custom quote will be generated, and you can simply refer to that quote number when you submit a purchase requisition to RIT Purchasing.
NOTE: Using the Dell Premier page makes a cookie on your hard disk, so cookies must be enabled in your web browser in order for this page to work.