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Hardware Baselines

Baseline Hardware for NDSU Agriculture including NDSU Extension Service

Developed by the Ag IT Advisory Group, Updated October 28, 2014


The quotes below are estimates only and may not accurately reflect the final price, which could be lower, or in rare instances, higher.

Please be aware that some of the computer specifications have changed.


Recommended Specifications for New Windows PC Purchases




Computer Model
HP EliteDesk 800 G1
HP EliteBook 850 G1

Hp EliteDesk 800
Hp EliteBook 850
CPU speed Intel i7-3770 Intel i7-4600U
Hard drive size 500GB 500GB
Keyboard USB integrated backlit
Mouse laser touchpad
See below for monitor options
15.6" WXGA built-in display
External drive is optional - see below
Operating System
Windows 7 64 bit
Windows 7 64 bit
Carrying Bag
N/A HP Business Case
Dimensions N/A
13.34" x 9.33" x .83"
Weight N/A
3.48 lbs
Warranty 4 Years
4 Years
Estimated Unit Cost $800 (without monitor)
The following items are an additional cost, please add each individual price to the estimated unit cost above for a total estimated cost. Be sure to specify whether you need dual monitors or a single one.
HP Desktop HP Notebook
External CD/DVD-RW Drive N/A
Add ONE monitor
$216 $216
Add TWO monitors*
$432 $432
Port replicator**
N/A $116
External keyboard
(Included with desktop) $25 (mouse/keyboard combo)
External optical mouse
(Included with desktop) $25 (mouse/keyboard combo)
External speakers (bar)
$16 $16

Note: View lists and prices of NDSU site-licensed software.

Counties that do not order cost-share equipment through NDSU: please visit with your equipment provider to ensure your computer meets the minimum specifications listed above.

* Dual monitors may be replaced with every other computer replacement.

** Monitor, keyboard and mouse are integrated into notebooks. If a notebook is to be used as a desktop replacement, the user may want to consider purchasing a port replicator, as well as an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. The port replicator is model-specific; for the best price it should be purchased with the notebook.


Minimum Specifications and End of Life for Current Computers

Current computers, at a minimum, should be capable of effectively using Windows 7 Enterprise. AITAG recommends that computers be replaced every four years.  End of life for computer systems is six years for desktops and five years for notebooks.  Once systems have reached their end of life, they are no longer be eligible for any computer support.

To receive computer support, a computer must also meet these minimum hardware requirements:

Component Current Specification 6 - 12 Month Estimated Specs
Minimum CPU Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo
Minimum RAM 4 GB 4 GB
Minimum hard drive size 250GB 250GB
Minimum Operating System
Windows 7 Windows 7


Oldest systems eligible for Windows 7 upgrade

Dell Desktop Optiplex 760
Dell Notebook Latitude 6410 / 6510
HP Desktop DC 7900
HP Notebook Elitebook 8540p


Oldest supported HP and Dell computer systems: (These systems cannot be upgraded to Windows 7.)

Brand Type Model

Support End Date

Dell Desktop Optiplex 760
June 30, 2015
Dell Notebook Latitude E6410/E6510
June 30, 2015
HP Desktop DC 7900 series
June 30, 2015
HP Notebook EliteBook 8540p
June 30, 2015



Manufacturer Apple Hewlett Packard (HP) Lenovo
Model iPad Air ElitePad 900 G1 ThinkPad Tablet 2

iPad Air

Hp ElitePad 900

Lenovo ThinkPad 2
Operating System iOS Windows 8 (full PC version) Windows 8 (full PC version)
Processor A7 1.8GHz dual core Intel Atom
1.8GHz dual core Intel Atom
Storage size 64 GB 64 GB
SD Card Slot No Yes - Micro SD
Yes - Micro SD
USB Ports
None - Optional Add-on
1 - with included adapter
Dimensions 9.4" x 6.6" x .29"
10.2" x 7" x .36"
10.1" x 6.9"x 0.34"
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year 3 Year 1 Year
Price $699 $850

These specs are based on available information from the manufacturers.




Agriculture faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the following Agriculture Communication staff for recommendations on hardware peripherals.

The Agriculture Communication staff can assist offices with ordering projectors and printers; however, if offices want help with the cost, they should place their order only AFTER they have obtained approval from administration. The ordering of all other peripherals and accessories is the responsibility of each individual county office or department.

Digital Projector

CASIO Green Slim XJ Series

Casio Projector

  • 2500 ANSI Lumens
  • 6000 hour lamp
  • XGA/WXGA HD(720p, 1080i, 1080p)
  • Accepts VGA and HDMI connections
  • 3 year warranty, 3 year/6000 hour on lamp
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.69" x 8.26" 1.69"
  • 5 lbs

    Estimated Unit Cost = $1099

Jerry Ranum, 701 231-6395

Digital Cameras
Each office is urged to conduct its own research to purchase a camera that meets their individual needs. Here are a few sites that may help:

Becky Koch, 701 231-7875

Jon Fry, 701 231-7934
Deb Tanner,  701 231-7891
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