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Purpose

This is the recommendation for any purchases with regards to a Windows based computer for UCSB usage.

General Configuration

Minimum Configuration

As of September 2019, ECI recommends that any computer being looked at should have the following:

The reasons for this recommendation is the following:

Suggested Upgrades

Solid State Drive

Instead of the traditional drive, go with a Solid State Drive (SSD).

Pros

Cons

Dual Video Output

Most computer systems are only expecting 1 video connection.

For some work, you may want to consider a computer that will support more than one monitor.

Optional Sticker Containing Software Serial Numbers

DELL, HP, and several other brands no longer include stickers on their machines with license keys for Windows or Microsoft Office for free if said software comes with the machine.

While this information is generally included in a email at time of purchase, it is very easy to loose email, especially if machines suffer hardware issues or viral infection.

Stickers with software licensing information are generally less that $5 for all info. Depending on the brand, users may be changed $15-$50 per email to recover keys they already paid for.

Gateway Accessible Purchases

Dell Precision 3430

The Dell Precision 3430 can be purchased via Gateway.

This computer is a Small Form Factor computer, meaning it is meant to take the smallest amount of space.

We recommend the Dell Precision 3430 as it is meant to be a workstation computer and with better wear and tear.

While the Optiplex version is cheaper, they are designed for very general purpose use or home use with an expected replacement within 2 or 3 years.

Pros

Cons

Optional Peripherals

Monitor Stand Fixture

The Dell Precision 3420 can have an optional Monitor Stand Fixture that can support most of the Dell Monitors and have the machine attached behind it, saving some space.

Displayport to HDMI/DVI/VGA Adapter

The base model comes with 2 Displayport, 1 HDMI connections, and possibly a DVI output for Video (Depends on the configuration).

If you wish to have a multi-monitor setup, you may need to have a Displayport to HDMI, Displayport to VGA or Displayport to DVI adapter to supplement for the extra monitor.

Dell Precision 3630

The Dell Precision 3630 can be purchased via Gateway.

This computer is a mid tower computer.

We recommend the Dell Precision 3630 as it is meant to be a workstation computer and with better wear and tear.

While the Optiplex version is cheaper, they are designed for very general purpose use or home use with an expected replacement within 2 or 3 years.

Pros

Cons

Optional Peripherals

Displayport to HDMI/DVI/VGA Adapter

The base model comes with 2 Displayport, 1 HDMI connections for Video (Depends on the configuration).

If you wish to have a multi-monitor setup, you may need to have a Displayport to HDMI, Displayport to VGA or Displayport to DVI adapter to supplement for the extra monitor.

GPU Video Card

The base model uses an Intel Based video chipset.

If some of your work requires a Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), Dell does offer optional GPU cards that can be installed.

The nVidia Quadro K420 card is available for both the Precision 3420 and 3620.