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Hardware - Updated 2/4/2015

The hardware guide is applicable to both Dell and Apple and are intended to serve as a basic guide. They may not meet the needs of every person or be applicable to every device. 

Hardware should be ordered to meet the requirements for needs based on individual use, the applications necessary to perform job functions, and USNH policies and best practices. Note that some schools and colleges have their own minimum requirements. UNH IT strongly recommends contacting the UNH Computer Store at 603-862-1328, or the Service Desk at 603-862-4242 prior to purchasing new equipment. This way, you can feel confident the purchase is the best choice for you or your department. 


Equipment Minimum for Current Systems

Recommended for New Purchases


Intel Core i3

4th generation Intel Dual Core i5 or better

4 GB or more 8 GB or more
Hard Drive

250 GB 5400 RPM

  • 500 GB 5400 RPM for laptops
  • 7200 RPM for desktops
  • 128 GB Solid State (256 GB for Macs requiring dual-boot)
Removable Storage USB 2.0 Device
  • USB 3.0 and/or eSATA Device
  • File storage available via Box (more info at
Display LCD Display
  • LCD or LED Display
  • Touch screen on Windows 8.x
Video Connections VGA
  • VGA (to connect to class projectors and screens), DVI, or HDMI (may require adapter on select models)
Network Card 10/100 Base-T Ethernet

10/100/1000 Gigabit Networking (may require adapter on select models)

Wireless Networking 802.11g 802.11n or 802.11ac