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State of Idaho Computing Standards and Contract Vendors

The State of Idaho has issued standards for new computer purchases and secured contracts with vendors that allow Boise State University to purchase selected computers at a discount. Purchasing these standard computers rather than custom configurations can represent a significant savings to your department.

Standard Desktop Configuration

  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600MHz
  • Hard Drive: 500GB
  • Hard Drive Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Optical Drive: DVD+/- RW
  • Video: Dual-monitor capable
  • Energy Star 6.0 Compliant
  • Mouse: Optical
  • Warranty: 3-year next business day, onsite

Cost: Approximately $762 for a Dell desktop.

Standard Laptop Configuration

  • Processor: 4TH generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600MHz
  • Hard Drive: 320GB
  • Hard Drive Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Optical Drive: DVD +/- RW
  • Video: Supports 1 external monitor
  • Native docking station support
  • Energy Star 5.0 Compliant
  • Wireless 802.11b\g\n
  • Display: 14″ or 15.4″
  • 6 Cell Primary Battery
  • Warranty: 3-year next business day, onsite

Cost: Approximately $930 for a Dell laptop, depending on configuration.

 Each of these configurations are being made available to the University at a deep discount. Creating a custom system configuration may increase the base cost by hundreds of dollars; adding high-end components increases the cost even further.

How to Order

To order a standardized computer configuration, work with your department purchasing agent and your network administrator. If you perform the purchasing for your department, here’s how to place your order:

  1. Log in to Help Desk Self Service at
  2. Click on “Open a New Ticket”, in the upper left corner
  3. Under “What is Your Request”, select “Order a Desktop Computer”
  4. Fill in the information requested, entering “State Standard Desktop” (or laptop) and the size of monitor you would like.
  5. Click “Submit”

These standard configurations allow you to get more computer for the money, as well as represent a significant cost savings for the University. Purchasing these standard configurations also helps the Office of Information Technology bring stability and consistency to your computing environment, as well as the campus IT environment as a whole.

State of Idaho Contract Vendors

  • Dell
    (In light of recent changes to statewide computer purchasing contracts, Dell has not  completed Boise State’s new purchasing portal. In the meantime, if you’d like a quote from Dell, please contact the OIT Help Desk and let them know your system requirements. Our Hardware team will prepare your quote.)
  • Apple
  • Hewlett-Packard Computers
  • Hewlett-Packard Printers

The full page of approved contract vendors can be found on the states’ purchasing site.

For further assistance, please contact the OIT Help Desk by phone at 426-4357, via e-mail at, or online at Help Desk Self Service.