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PC Purchasing Specifications

Introduction

With the increased availability of electronic resources and the overall increased demand being placed on computers in libraries, it is vital that libraries obtain equipment that will handle necessary tasks effectively and efficiently. Slow computers operating older software are going to prove increasingly problematic to libraries attempting to share resources and access information in this digital, technologically-demanding environment we have embraced. As our access to an ever-expanding range of content-rich electronic resources increase, libraries need the capability to run faster, more advanced browsers and other applications.

Recently, when several Montana libraries wanted to purchase new computers, they asked the Montana State Library (MSL) for purchasing guidance. While the needs of individual libraries vary, MSL staff will attempt to assist libraries by recommending a minimum computer configuration.

The State of Montana currently has term contracts with Dell, IBM, and Compaq. Your library may be eligible to purchase workstations from the State contract with these vendors. Prices for PC workstations change every week.

The Montana State Library recommends the following MINIMUM basic configuration for libraries purchasing new computer workstations or laptops.

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Desktop Specifications

Microprocessor - Preferred 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ - Quad Core
Microprocessor - Acceptable 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ - Dual Core or AMD equivalent
Hard Disk Drive 250 GB - 500 Preferred
Monitor 17 Inch Flat Panel Display
19 Inch Preferred
RAM Memory 2 GB - 4 GB Preferred
Video Intel® Integrated Graphics VGA/HDMI
Audio SoundBlaster Compatible Audio
Removable Media CD-RW Drive; DVD-ROM Drive
Operating System Windows® 7 Professional
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2013 Standard
Web Browser Internet Explorer 10.x or later
Firefox 18.x or later
Mouse Two Button Mouse
Keyboard 101 key Keyboard
Networking Integrated 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Wireless Capable 802.11n or better (Optional)
Ports Four USB 2.0 ports

Laptop Specifications

Microprocessor - Preferred 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ - i5
Microprocessor - Acceptable 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ - i3 or AMD equivalent
Hard Disk Drive 250 GB - 500 Preferred
Display 14.0" HD (1366x768) Anti Glare LED-backlit
RAM Memory 2 GB - 4 GB Preferred
Video Intel® Integrated Graphics VGA/HDMI
Audio SoundBlaster Compatible Audio
Removable Media CD-RW Drive; DVD-ROM Drive
Operating System Windows® 7 Professional
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2013 Standard
Web Browser Internet Explorer 10.x or later
Firefox 18.x or later
Networking Integrated 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Wireless Capable 802.11n or better (Optional)
Ports USB 3.0 ports

Printer Specifications

Laser Printer - HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn 
Laser Printer - Lexmark Lexmark E260dn 
  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov