Agriculture Computer Support


Need Help?

Please contact the NDSU Help Desk @ 701.231.8685 Option 1

Computer Order Form

Please use our computer order form to request equipment that is NOT a part of the annual Extension equipment orders or the county cost-share program.

Software Request Form

Please use our software request form to place software orders ONLY if you do not have a departmental software contact.  You can find out who your software contact is via the NDSU Departmental Software Contact list.

Computer Information

Search our computer records for support information on your computer.

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Hardware Baselines


Baseline Hardware for NDSU Agriculture including NDSU Extension Service


Updated April 1, 2020



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 may have changed.


Recommended Specifications for New Windows PC Purchases




Computer Model
HP EliteDesk 805 G6
HP EliteBook 835 / 845 / 850 G7

EliteDesk 800 G3
AMD Ryzen 7 Intel i7 / AMD Ryzen 7
Hard drive size 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Keyboard USB integrated backlit
Mouse laser touchpad
Screen Size
See below for monitor options
735 - 13.3 inches

745 - 14 inches

850 - 15.6 inches
External drive is optional - see below
Operating System
Windows 10 64 bit
Windows 10 64 bit
Carrying Bag
N/A HP Business Case
Warranty 4 Years 4 Years
Estimated Unit Cost $750 (without monitor)
735 - $1000

745 - $950

850 - $1,065
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
16GB RAM (upgrade) $75 $75
1TB Mechanical Drive (slower) $0 N/A
512GB Solid State (SSD) Drive (upgrade)
$100 $100
External CD/DVD-RW Drive (Included in desktop) $54
Add ONE 24" monitor
$216 $216
Add TWO 24" monitors*
$432 $432
USB-C Dock** - Purchased WITH computer
N/A $110
USB-C Dock** - Purchased separately
N/A $140
External keyboard
(Included with desktop) $25 (wireless mouse/keyboard combo)
External optical mouse
(Included with desktop) $25 (wireless mouse/keyboard combo)
External speaker bar***
$24 $24

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 USB-C dock should be purchased with the notebook for best price.

 *** Not a stand-alone speaker set; it is designed to be attached to an HP monitor.

Currently Supported Computer Models and End of Support

End of support for baseline computer systems is six years for desktops and five years for notebooks. Non-baseline computers receive one year less of general support and do not receive hardware support. Once systems have reached their end of life, they are considered unsupported.

Computer Type Years of Support
Baseline Desktop (HP EliteDesk 705 & 800)  6
Baseline Notebook (HP EliteBook 7xx & 8xx)  5
Non-baseline Desktop (any other) 5
Non-baseline Notebook (any other) 4

"Non-baseline" computers are brands and models that are not ordered by Ag Comm but still meet the hardware specifications outlined in our Hardware Baseline specifications.

Estimated support end dates by year and computer model:

Please note the dates below represent the average end of life for each computer model.  Due to variations in manufacturer production, actual support end dates can vary for each individual computer.  To check the number of months of support remaining for your computer, please visit the ACCS Computer Inventory Search page to locate for your computer by inventory number.  Unfortunately, this tool is not always able to locate computers that were not purchased through Ag Comm.  This includes computers purchased through the ITS Cascade Program or other entities outside of Ag Communication.  For additional information on how to find the age of a computer that is not in our records, please visit our instructions on identifying if your computer is supported.

Dell Desktop Optiplex 790 / 990
Dell Notebook Latitude E6430 / E6530
HP Desktop DC 8100 / DC 8200
HP Notebook EliteBook 8560p / 8570p
Dell Desktop Optiplex  7010
Dell Notebook Latitude E6530/E6540
HP Desktop DC 8200 / 8300
HP Notebook EliteBook 8570p
Dell Desktop Optiplex 7010
Dell Notebook Latitude E6530/E6540
HP Desktop DC 8300
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G1
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G1 / G2
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 G1 / G2
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G2 / G3
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 G2 / G3
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G3 / G4
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 G3
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G4/G5
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 G3 / G4
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G5



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

Digital Projector

Epson PowerLite 1781W

  • 3000 ANSI Lumens
  • 4000 hour lamp
  • XGA / WXGA / UXGA Resolution
  • Accepts VGA and HDMI connections
  • 2 year warranty
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.5" x 8.4" 2.1"
  • 4 lbs

    Estimated Unit Cost = $799

Jerry Ranum, 701 231-6395

HP Brand Printers

HP LaserJet Pro M401dn


Jon Fry, 701 231-7934

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