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Office Computer Purchasing

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  • Faculty / Staff

Purchasing a new computer for your office doesn't have to be a daunting experience. The Office of Information Technology will assist in making sure the process is as simple as possible. We cannot recommend purchasing a computer on your own through a consumer retailer. Consumer grade computers don’t have the enterprise security protection and performance levels required on the campus network and consumer warranty agreements cause serious support issues.

BCN Purchasing Policy restricts departments from using a Purchasing Card to buy computers. Section VI, item A, states: "To capture the needed detailed information, purchases of Sensitive Equipment such as computers, firearms, and vehicles-trailers must be purchased using a Workday Purchase Order regardless of the dollar amount."

Benefits of Consulting with OIT on Computer Purchasing

Whether you request a quote from the OIT Support Center or generate your own quote using the steps below, the University has purchasing agreements with HP, Dell, and Apple that allow us to purchase computers at a significantly discounted rate. Additionally, any support for the computer that would be covered under warranty can be done on-site. 

OIT cannot guarantee support for any other brand of computer.

OIT will work with you to generate a quote for an enterprise/business grade machine through Hewlett Packard (HP), Dell, or Apple that will suit your computing needs, work within your department’s budget, and be supported by our on-site OIT Technicians who are HP, Dell, and Apple certified.

If your department’s budget is unable to accommodate a brand new computer, OIT is able to offer a refurbished computer for $60.00.

Warranties

OIT recommends that, along with the hardware, departments purchase at least a three year warranty with any computer. If you are purchasing a laptop, you may also look into purchasing accidental damage coverage to cover damage from drops, spills, or environmental hazards from field work.

How Do I Purchase My Computer?

With guidance from the OIT Support Center, you can request a quote or generate your own quote to attach to your order in Workday. 

Consult with Your Office Manager

Your department office manager may prefer to handle the ordering of your new computer, as they often manage department purchases. If they have any questions about the ordering process, please refer them to this page. 

Request a Quote

Submit a request for a new computer quote from the OIT Support Center to attach to your order in Workday. 

Generate Your Own Quote

If you prefer to generate your own quote to attach to your order in Workday, select from the options below.

 

What kind of computing power should I be looking at?

If you would like to research different computing configurations ahead of time, visit our Hardware Specifications page.

If you need any assistance configuring your new computer, please contact the OIT Support Center.


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