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Hardware Baselines


Baseline Hardware for NDSU Agriculture including NDSU Extension Service


Developed by the Ag IT Advisory Group, Updated September 15, 2015



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 G1
HP EliteBook 820 / 840 / 850

Hp EliteDesk 800
Hp EliteBook 850
Intel i7-3770 Intel i7-4600U
Hard drive size 500GB 500GB
Keyboard USB integrated backlit
Mouse laser touchpad
Screen Size
See below for monitor options
820 - 12.5 inches

840 - 14 inches

850 - 15.6 inches
External drive is optional - see below
Operating System
Windows 7 64 bit
Windows 7 64 bit
Carrying Bag
N/A HP Business Case
Warranty 4 Years 4 Years
Estimated Unit Cost $760 (without monitor)
820 - $1,300

840 - $1,170

850 - $1,200
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) $106 $100
High Resolution Screen (1600x900) N/A $35
External CD/DVD-RW Drive N/A $50
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.  Please note that for purchases through the Extension equipment / cost-share process, dual monitor purchases must first be justified to the supervisor before requesting.

** 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.


Currently Supported Computer Models and End of Support

AITAG recommends that computers be replaced every four years.  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.

Currently supported computer models and their support end date:

BrandTypeModelSupport End Date
Dell Desktop Optiplex 780 / 980
June 30, 2016
Dell Notebook Latitude E6420 / E6520 June 30, 2016
HP Desktop DC 8000
June 30, 2016
HP Notebook EliteBook 8540p
June 30, 2016
Dell Desktop Optiplex 790 / 990
June 30, 2017
Dell Notebook Latitude E6430 / E6530 June 30, 2017
HP Desktop DC 8100
June 30, 2017
HP Notebook EliteBook 8560p
June 30, 2017
Dell Desktop Optiplex  7010
June 30, 2018
Dell Notebook Latitude E6440 / E6540 June 30, 2018
HP Desktop DC 8200
June 30, 2018
HP Notebook EliteBook 8570p
June 30, 2018
HP Desktop DC 8300
June 30, 2019
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G1 June 30, 2019
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 June 30, 2020
HP Notebook EliteBook 840 / 850 G2 June 30, 2020
HP Desktop EliteDesk 800 G2 June 30, 2021
HP Notebook TBA June 30, 2021



Manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP)
Model ElitePad 1000 G2

Hp ElitePad 900
Operating System Windows 8.1
Processor Quad Core Intel Atom Z3795
Storage size 128 GB
SD Card Slot Yes - Micro SD
USB Ports
1 - with included adapter
Dimensions 10.2" x 7" x .36"
Screen Size 10.1"
Manufacturer's Warranty 3 Year
Price $900


Extended Warranty included
Keyboard $129 - HP productivity jacket
Docking Station $170

 These specs are based on available information from the manufacturers.

* For all purchases through the Extension equipment / cost-share process, tablets must first be justified to the supervisor before requesting.




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.

Skype Conference Camera

Logitech CC3000e Conference Camera

Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e


  • 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 Lync 2013 / Skype for Business to operate
  • Cannot be used to connect to Polycomm / IVN video conferences
  • 1 year manufacturer's warranty

    Estimated Unit Cost = $1000

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

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


Jerry Ranum, 701 231-6395

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