Hardware Standards

OTS maintains hardware standards to support the academic and instructional needs of the Columbian College. CCAS operates on standardized Dell and Apple hardware due to University agreements which provide discounted pricing and guaranteed support levels.  OTS will purchase and support any Apple device, and most computers in the Dell Optiplex, Precision, and Latitude lines; this page lists sample configurations for these models along with upgrade options and price guidelines.

If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase for your department or program, please contact OTS procurement at [email protected].

A Note on Pricing

Apple and Dell occasionally change the prices of internal hardware components due to market forces. The prices listed on this page are a general guideline for purchasing and do not represent guarantees of final price or availability. If you would like to obtain a quote, please contact OTS procurement at [email protected].

OTS Procurement Standards

OTS strives to ensure that all computers purchased within the Columbian College remain operational and useful throughout their three-year lifecycle. To this end, we only purchase professional grade machines, including all Apple devices and the Dell Optiplex, Precision, and Latitude lines. OTS procurement policy prohibits the purchase of consumer grade computers under most circumstances. 

To ensure the longetivity of Columbian College devices, OTS has established minimum hardware guidelines, which include:

  • A 256GB solid state hard drive (SSD)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • An Intel Core i5 processor

Due to these requirements, equipment purchased through our office may be more expensive than the consumer grade electronics advertised by most retailers. In our experience, the cost of purchasing professional grade hardware is worth the extra years of usable life when compared to a consumer grade product. Consumer grade electronics (which tend to break more frequently than commercial products) often incur substantial maintenance and repair costs which make them less cost effective than their commericial alternatives.

Desktops

  • Dell Optiplex Series - We will support any model within Dell's Optiplex line of desktops.  The standard and enhanced CCAS desktop configurations below are most common for faculty and staff.
    •  CCAS Desktop - Dell Optiplex 3050 Small Form Factor
      • 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7500 (6M, 3.4GHz)
        • Optional upgrade to i7-7700 (8M, 3.6GHz add 180.00)
      • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (1 DIMM)
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB of DDR4 RAM add 237.00
      • 256GB 2.5" SATA 600Mb/s Solid State Drive
      • Intel Integrated HD4600 Graphics w/ Display Port and VGA
      • 8X Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive (optional upgrade add 45.00)
      • Dell USB Mouse and Keyboard
      • 3 Year Next Business Day Warranty with On-Site Service
      • $806* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
    •  CCAS Desktop - Dell Optiplex 7050 Small Form Factor
      • 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6600 Processor (6MB, 3.3GHz Turbo)
        • Optional upgrade 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 (8M, 8T, 3.6GHz add 160.00)
      • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMMs)
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB or 32GB DDR4 RAM (2 DIMMs)
      • 256GB 2.5" SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
      • 8X Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive
      • Dell USB Mouse and Keyboard
      • 3 Year Next Business Day Warranty with On-Site Service
      • $958*  on Dell Premier GWU Contract
    • All-in-one Desktop - Dell Optiplex 7450 All-in-One (single unit with integrated screen)
      • 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7500 (6MB, 3.4GHz Turbo w/HD4600 Graphics)
        • Optional upgrade to 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 (8MB, 3.6GHz Turbo add 180.00)
      • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMMs)
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMMs)
      • 256GB 2.5" SATA 600Mb/s Crucial Solid State Drive
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive (add 360.00)
      • Intel Integrated HD4600 Graphics w/ Display Port and VGA
      • Dell USB Mouse and Keyboard
      • 8X Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive
      • Optional upgrade to 23" WLED Full-HD AIO Touch Display with Camera
      • 23" WLED Full-HD AIO Non-Touch Display with Camera
      • 3 Year Next Business Day Warranty with On-Site Service
      • $1169*  on Dell Premier GWU Contract
    • Dell Precision Series - We will support the Dell Precision T7810 line of workstations for those needing heavy computing power. CCAS custom builds each workstation to meet the needs of the project. The Precision base model is fully customizable. With typical upgrades (Solid State Hard Drive, at least 8GB of RAM, Upgraded Graphics Card) they begin around $1100. These workstations are currently used by faculty in Psychology, Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and Statistics. If you would like more information please contact us at [email protected]
  • Apple iMac and Mac Mini - We will support any Apple desktop. The standard CCAS iMac configuration is listed below, for full customizations refer to the Apple Website.
    • Mac Mini
      • 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
        • Optional upgrade to 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor
      • 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM
      • 256GB solid state drive
      • Intel Iris Graphics
      • This model does not include a monitor, keyboard, or mouse.
      • ~$938 with three year warranty (~$1388 with all upgrades)
    • 21.5" iMac
      • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
        • Optional upgrade to 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display
        • Optional upgrade to 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Retina 4K display
      • 8GB of 1867MHz LPDDR3 Memory
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB of 1867Mhz LPDDR3 Memory
      • 256GB of flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB of flash storage (Retina display computers)
        • 1TB (5400rpm) hard drive
      • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
      • Facetime HD Camera with built in microphone
      • Apple Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard
      • ~$1348 with 3 year warranty
    • 27" iMac
      • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display
        • Optional upgrade to 3.5GHz quad-core Intel i5
        • Optional upgrade to 4.2GHz quad-core Intel i7
        • Optional upgrades:
        • Optional upgrade to 16GB of 1867Mhz LPDDR3 memory
        • Optional upgrade to 32GB of 1867Mhz LPDDR3 memory
        • Optional upgrade to 256GB flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB flash stoarge
        • Optional upgrade to 1TB flash storage
      • Apple Wired  Mouse and Wired Keyboard
        • Optional Apple Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard
      • ~$2018 with 3 year warranty

Laptops

  • Dell Latitude Series - We will support any model within Dell's Latitude line of laptops.  The standard and enhanced CCAS laptop configurations below are most common for faculty and staff.
    • Standard CCAS Laptop - Dell Latitude E7480
      • 7th generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300 HQ (Dual Core, 2.6GHz, 6M cache, 45W) vPro
      • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (1 DIMM)
      • 256GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
      • Optional upgrade to 4-cell (62Wh battery)
      • Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18260 WiGig + Wi-Fi + BT4.1 Wireless Card
      • 14.0" HD+ (1920x1080) Anti-Glare LED-backlit screen
      • 3-cell (47Wh) battery
      • Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8260 Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 Wireless Card (2x2)
      • Light Sensitive Webcam and Noise Cancelling Digital Array Mic
      • Internal English Backlit Dual Pointing Keyboard
      • 3 Year Next Business Day Warranty with On-Site Service
      • 1493* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
    • Enhanced CCAS Laptop - Dell Latitude E7480 Ultrabook
      • 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7-7600U (Dual Core, 2.8GHz, 4M cache, 15W)
      • 16GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM (1 DIMM)
        • Optional upgrade to 32GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMMs)
      • 512GB Solid State Hard Drive
      • Intel® HD Graphics 4000
      • 14.0" HD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare WLED-backlit screen
      • Optional upgrade to 4-cell (47Whr) battery
      • Dell Wireless™ Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8260 Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 Wireless Card (2x2)
      • 3-cell (34Whr) battery
      • Internal English Dual Pointing Keyboard
      • Noise Cancelling Digital Array Microphone 
      • 3 Year Next Business Day Warranty with On-Site Service
      • $2089*  on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Apple Macbook Pro
    • Standard CCAS Laptop - 13" Retina Macbook Pro
      • 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
        • Optional upgrade to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
        • Optional upgrade to 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
      • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM
      • Optional upgrade to 16GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM
      • 256GB flash storage
      • Intel Iris Graphics
      • Apple integrated retina (2560×1600) display
      • ~$1582 with a 3 year warranty (~$2032 with all upgrades)
    • Enhanced CCAS Laptop - 15" Retina Macbook Pro
      • 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
        • Optional upgrade to 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
        • Optional upgrade to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
      • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
      • 256GH flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 1TB flash storage
      • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
      • ~$2140 with a 3 year warranty (~$3128 with all upgrades) 
  • Apple Macbook Air
    • Standard CCAS Laptop - 13.3" Macbook Air
      • 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
        • Optional upgrade to 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
      • 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM
      • 256GB flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB flash storage
      • Intel HD Graphics
      • ~$1232 with 3 year warranty (~$1832 with all upgrades)
    • Portable Alternative CCAS Laptop - 11" Macbook Air
      • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
        • Optional upgrade to 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
      • 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 Memory
      • 256GB flash storage
        • Optional upgrade to 512GB flash memory
      • Intel HD Graphics
      • ~$1222 with 3 year warranty (~$1730 with all upgrades)

Certified Refurbished Desktops and Laptops

In addition to the standard models, OTS often buys certified refurbished from both Dell and Apple with pricing offered at approximately 20 - 30% below typical GWU contract prices.  Configurations for refurbished models vary based on availability -please see the Dell Outlet or Apple Outlet for more details.  When purchased through OTS, refurbished purchases carry the same University-negotiated warranty agreements as new machines.

Monitors

  • Dell E Series E2216H 22" Monitor
    • Digital DVI and Analog VGA Connectivity
    • 1920x1080 Resolution (16:9)
    • 3 year advanced exchange warranty
    • $124.79* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell P Series P2217H 22" Monitor
    • Digital DVI (HDCP), DisplayPort, VGA, USB 2.0 Connectivity
    • 1920x1080 Resolution (16:9)
    • 3 year advanced exchange warranty
    • $179.39* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell E Series E2316H 23" Monitor
    • Digital DVI and Analog VGA connectivity
    • 1920 x 1080 Resolution (16:9)
    • 3 year advanced exchange warranty
    • $133.00* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell E Series E2417H 24" Monitor
    • Digital DVI, Display Port, and Analog VGA connectivity
    • 1920 x 1080 Resolution (16:9)
    • Display Position Adjustment:  Tilt
    • 3 year advanced exchange warranty
    • $148.19* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell P Series P2417H 24" Monitor
    • Display Port, HDMI, VGA and USB connectivity
    • 2560x1440 Resolution (16:9)
    • Display Position Adjustment:  Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt
    • 3 year advance exchange warranty
    • $219.00* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell P Series P2717H 27" Monitor
    • Digital DVI, VGA, Display Port connectivity
    • Built-in USB hub
    • Full HD 1920 x 1080
    • Display Position Adjustment: Height adjustable stand, pivot, tilt, swivel
    • 3 year advance exchange warranty
    • $282.00* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell UltraSharp U2717D 27" Monitor
    • Digital DVI, Display Port, HDMI, and Analog VGA connectivity
    • Built-in USB hub with left-side USB ports (4 total)
    • 2560 x 1440 Resolution (16:9)
    • 3 year advance exchange warranty
    • $561.59* on Dell Premier GWU Contract
  • Dell UltraSharp U3415W  34" Monitor
    • Digital DVI, Display Port, HDMI, and Analog VGA connectivity
    • Built-in USB hub with left-side USB ports (4 total)
    • 3440 x 1440 Resolution (21:9)
    • 3 year advance exchange warranty
    • $780.00* on Dell Premier GWU Contract

Printers

With the introduction of the centralized copier lease in Fall 2016, we are now limiting the number of standalone printers we have out in departments. As an example, a given toner for Dell costs about $180.00 and yield 5,000 pages, resulting a cost of $0.036/per page. The standard copier rate under the new contract is $0.0045 - 1/100th of the cost. While these costs seem minimal, they add up quickly. 
 
If a local printer is still required, please reply with your justification for the need.

Note:  All printers are purchased with a Dell 3 or 5 year advanced replacement warranty that includes full replacement within that period at no cost to your department.  In the event of a printer failure, Dell will provide an overnight replacement prior to receiving the defective printer as an exchange.  Warranties on Dell's printer products are more comprehensive and less expensive compared to product warranties provided by HP.

*  Pricing may fluctuate based on parts availability, or as configurations change or age out of production.

Accessories and Hardware

OTS provides the following standard peripherals and replacement parts at no cost:

  • Dell wired mice and keyboards
  • 7' and 10' length Ethernet cables
  • Fiber media converters
  • 7' and 10' length USB printer cables

OTS can also order computer hardware, including Solid State Drives for storage (prices are current as of June 26, 2017) :

Size Model Name Price
275 GB Crucial MX300 SSD (CDW4223823) $93.26
525 GB Crucial MX300 SSD (CDW4223825) $148.37
1 TB Crucial MX300 SSD (CDW4223826) $268.77

If you wish to order RAM for your workstation, please send an email to [email protected] with the model number of your computer. Crucial.com's memory advisor is a useful tool to estimate pricing.