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The following recommendations are for faculty/staff purchases only. Recommendations for students can be found under Student Resources.

Desktops

PC Hardware

Desktop and Hardware Services recommends purchasing one of the following Dell desktop PCs.  

WIU has secured low-price quotes from Dell for the following supported hardware: 

Western's Desktop Order Page

Otherwise, Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Windows configuration for new Dell desktop PCs.

 

Desktop Configuration Specifications
  • Dual Core CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, etc.) of 3.0 GHz or 
    higher TO Intel Core i5 3.0 GHz or Higher
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 500 GB Hard Drive minimum
  • 21" Widescreen LCD Monitor or larger TO 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor or 
    larger
  • Sound Card
  • 256 MB Video Card
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 4 Year Warranty to 5 Year Warranty 

Macintosh

iMac front view.

Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Mac configuration for new Mac laptops and desktops.

Desktop Configuration Specifications - iMac 21.5" 
iMac 21.5 inch.
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 320 GB Hard Drive minimum
  • Wired keyboard and wired mouse
  • 3 Year Apple Care

Further questions regarding Mac hardware?  Please visit the uTech Computer Store.

Laptops

PC

Dell Latitude Laptop. Desktop and Hardware Services recommends purchasing one of the following Dell laptops.

 WIU has secured low-price quotes from Dell for the following supported hardware:

Otherwise, Desktop and Hardware Services has a recommended WIU standard Windows configuration for new Dell laptops.

Laptop Configurations Specifications

  • Dual Core CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, etc.) of 3.0 GHz or 
    higher TO Intel Core i5 3.0 GHz or Higher
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 250 GB Hard Drive minimum
  • 15" screen or larger
  • Sound Card
  • Video card
  • DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 4 Year Warranty to 5 Year Warranty

Mac Laptop

MacBook Pro.Laptop Configurations Specifications
  • Macbook Pro 
    • 4 GB RAM minimum
    • 250 GB Hard Drive minimum
    • 3 Year Apple Care