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PC Purchasing Specifications

With the increased availability of electronic resources and the overall increased demand being placed on computers in libraries, it is vital that libraries obtain equipment that will handle necessary tasks effectively and efficiently. Slow computers operating older software are going to prove increasingly problematic to libraries attempting to share resources and access information in this digital, technologically-demanding environment we have embraced. As our access to an ever-expanding range of content-rich electronic resources increase, libraries need the capability to run faster, more advanced browsers and other applications.

Recently, when several Montana libraries wanted to purchase new computers, they asked the Montana State Library (MSL) for purchasing guidance. While the needs of individual libraries vary, MSL staff will attempt to assist libraries by recommending a minimum computer configuration.

The State of Montana currently has term contracts with Dell, IBM, and Compaq. Your library may be eligible to purchase workstations from the State contract with these vendors. Prices for PC workstations change every week.

The Montana State Library recommends the following MINIMUM basic configuration for libraries purchasing new computer workstations or laptops.

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Desktop Specifications

Microprocessor – Preferred

3rd Gen Intel® Core™ – Quad Core

Microprocessor – Acceptable

3rd Gen Intel® Core™ – Dual Core or AMD equivalent

Hard Disk Drive

250 GB – 500 Preferred

Monitor

17 Inch Flat Panel Display
19 Inch Preferred

RAM Memory

2 GB – 4 GB Preferred

Video

Intel® Integrated Graphics VGA/HDMI

Audio

SoundBlaster Compatible Audio

Removable Media

CD-RW Drive; DVD-ROM Drive

Operating System

Windows® 7 Professional

Office Suite

Microsoft Office 2013 Standard

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 10.x or later
Firefox 18.x or later

Mouse

Two Button Mouse

Keyboard

101 key Keyboard

Networking

Integrated 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet

Wireless Capable

802.11n or better (Optional)

Ports

Four USB 2.0 ports

Laptop Specifications

Microprocessor – Preferred

3rd Gen Intel® Core™ – i5

Microprocessor – Acceptable

2nd Gen Intel® Core™ – i3 or AMD equivalent

Hard Disk Drive

250 GB – 500 Preferred

Display

14.0" HD (1366×768) Anti Glare LED-backlit

RAM Memory

2 GB – 4 GB Preferred

Video

Intel® Integrated Graphics VGA/HDMI

Audio

SoundBlaster Compatible Audio

Removable Media

CD-RW Drive; DVD-ROM Drive

Operating System

Windows® 7 Professional

Office Suite

Microsoft Office 2013 Standard

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 10.x or later
Firefox 18.x or later

Networking

Integrated 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet

Wireless Capable

802.11n or better (Optional)

Ports

USB 3.0 ports

Printer Specifications

Laser Printer – HP

LaserJet Pro P1606dn 

Laser Printer – Lexmark

Lexmark E260dn