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.

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Hardware Baselines


Baseline Hardware for NDSU Agriculture including NDSU Extension Service


Updated April 15, 2019



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 800 G4
HP EliteBook 830 / 840 / 850 G5

EliteDesk 800 G3
Intel i7 Intel i7
Hard drive size 1TB Standard Hard Drive
256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Keyboard USB integrated backlit
Mouse laser touchpad
Screen Size
See below for monitor options
830 - 13.3 inches

840 - 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 $735 (without monitor)
830 - $1,100

840 - $1,060

850 - $1,050
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) $90 $85
256GB Solid State (SSD) Drive (upgrade) $55 (Included with notebook)
512GB Solid State (SSD) Drive (upgrade) $150 $100
External CD/DVD-RW Drive (Included in desktop) $54
Add ONE 24" monitor
$216 $216
Add TWO 24" monitors*
$432 $432
Port replicator** - Purchased WITH computer
N/A $75
Port replicator** - Purchased separately
N/A $130
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 port replicator is model-specific; for the best price it should be purchased with the notebook.

 *** 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 fully supported computer systems is six years for desktops and five years for notebooks.  Once systems have reached their end of life, they are no longer eligible for any computer support.

Estimated support end dates by year and computer model:

Please note the dates below are just estimates.  Due to variations in manufacturer production, support end dates can vary for each individual computer.  To check the number of months of support remaining for your computer, please download the ACCS replacement status tool to search for your inventory number.  Unfortunately, this tool is unable to locate computers purchased through the ITS Cascade Program and computers purchased from entities outside of Ag Communication.

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..

Skype Conference Camera

Logitech GROUP Conference Camera

Logitech GROUP ConferenceCam


  • Designed to use Skype for Business in a conference room / group video conference environment
  • All-in-one design setup includes conference style speaker, microphone and camera remote control
  • Pan / Tilt / Zoom camera has 90 degree field of view, 260 degree pan, 130 degree tilt and 10x zoom
  • Requires computer running Windows 7 or greater and Skype for Business to operate
  • 1 year manufacturer's warranty

    Estimated Cost of Base Model = $1000
    Estimated Cost with (2) Expansion Microphones = $1300

, 701-231-7875
, 701-231-6395

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

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

HP Brand Printers

HP LaserJet Pro M401dn

Jon Fry, 701 231-7934

Deb Tanner,  701 231-7891
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