UIT's Technology Purchasing 

Hardware and accessory purchasing for all Community Network (CN) customers

The UIT's Technology Purchasing team offers consulting, facilitation, and buying services for computing equipment and related accessories for CN customers. We serve much of the university in Corvallis, and many locations across the state including OSU's Extension Offices and Ag Experiment Stations, OSU-Cascades in Bend, and our centers in Newport and Portland. We will engage with you to help determine what your individual technology needs are, and offer recommendations that will give you the best overall value (quality, cost, and long-term support).

The fiscal year ends on June 30th, all computer requests should be submitted by May 15th to be received in that fiscal year. 
          --Even with this deadline we cannot 100% guarantee the delivery of the equipment before June 30th--

How to Request a Computer and/or Accessories

I don't know what type of technology I should buy

For a computer and accessory recommendation, please visit: Technology Recommendation Form

 

I know what type of technology I want to buy

Coming soon

 

I would like to order multiple computers

Coming soon

How to Purchase a Printer

Please visit Printing and Mailing's website for recommended copier/scanner/printers.  If the Printing and Mailing printers do not fit your need, we can provide a recommendation for you.

For a printer recommendation, please visit: Printer Recommendation Form

Purchasing Information
  • The Technology Purchasing team makes recommendations based on your position's needs, availability, durability, sustainability and budgetary constraints

  • A 3-year warranty (laptops will also include accidental damage protection) will be automatically added with each computer purchase

  • Non-CN clients needing a university-owned device, please contact your IT department or your supervisor

  • Purchases over $5,000 require written approval from the departmental budget authority

  • Purchases under $5,000 require approval from the departmental budget authority
  • An index number is required when making your initial request; we will obtain explicit approval from you before finalizing your order
Expectations
  • Processing timeframe: We are dedicated to providing you the best customer support for your purchasing needs, please note that each equipment request requires time to find the right product.  All computers will be shipped to the UIT Service Desk for setup. 
  • Shipping:
    • All shipping information will be copied into the ticket and the current status can be viewed by the ticket requestor
    • If ordering a computer, all items will be shipped to campus for pickup.  From there, if the items must be shipped to the customer, the customers index will be charged for shipping.
    • If ordering technology without a computer, items can be shipped directly to the customer.  Packing slips will need to be scanned and sent in.
  • Vendor timing: Supply chains are still disrupted and hardware delays are not uncommon.  We are seeing computers taking 2-8 weeks to be shipped (and some accessories even longer), please plan ahead when requesting equipment.
  • Payment processing: Charges to the index will generally show up when the item is ordered.

All equipment is University owned and must be returned to OSU (Apple ID's must be removed from all Apple products)

Costs

What you can expect when purchasing a new computer to use for work at OSU

We purchase Enterprise or Business class machines that are trusted, tested, and provide a positive experience. These systems typically cost more than you might see when shopping for a computer at Costco or Best Buy. The reason for this is we look at the total cost of ownership between when you purchase the computer to when it is sent to surplus. Having a curated number of options provides the right balance between choice and cost. These types of devices dramatically improve our ability to provide fast and comprehensive support.

Windows or Linux

A 3-year warranty (laptops will also include accidental damage protection) will be automatically added with each computer purchase.  If you intend to utilize Lenovo equipment for the purposes of confidential research for the federal government, please contact the Office of Information Security for a project review.

  • Budget laptop: ~$1,000-1,300.  (i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive) - Lower initial cost, but limited useful life, and offers limited potential for increased needs. In the past year video conferencing and tools necessary to secure the workforce have asked more from our laptops than ever before.
  • Recommended PC laptop: ~$1,100-1,800.  (i7, 16GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive) - A solid all around option that meets most productivity needs, and has room to take on additional computing requirement that will arise over it's useful life of 3-5 years. 
  • Power PC laptop:  ~$1,500-3,000.  (i7, 32GB RAM, 512 GB hard drive) - For power users who have specialized software and increased computing capacity to complete their tasks. A Processor or memory intensive application like Adobe Premier is a good example here. 

 

  • Budget PC desktop: ~$900-1,100.  (i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive) - Lower initial cost, but limited useful life, and offers limited potential for increased needs over it's useful life.
  • Recommended PC desktop: ~$1,000-1,200.  (i7, 16GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive) - A solid all around option that meets most productivity needs, and has room to take on additional computing requirements that will arise over it's useful life of 3-5 years. 
  • Power PC desktop: ~$1,200-2,000.  (i7, 32GB RAM, 512 GB hard drive) - For power users who have specialized software and increased computing capacity to complete their tasks. A Processor or memory intensive application like Adobe Premier is a good example here. 

 

Apple

A 3-year warranty (laptops will also include accidental damage protection) will be automatically added with each computer purchase.

  • MacBook Air: ~$1,130.  (M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive) - Lowest initial cost, useful for many computing needs, and offers limited potential for increased needs. In the past year video conferencing and tools necessary to secure the workforce have asked more from our laptops than ever before.
  • Recommended MacBook Pro: ~$1,630.  (M1, 16GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive) - A solid all around option that meets most productivity needs, and has room to take on additional computing requirement that will arise over it's useful life of 3-5 years. 
  • Power PC laptop:  ~$2,900  (i7, 32GB RAM, 512 GB hard drive) For power users who have specialized software and increased computing capacity to complete their tasks. A Processor or memory intensive application like Adobe Premier is a good example here. 

 

  • Mac mini: ~$1,130.  (M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive) - Lowest initial cost, useful for many computing needs, and offers limited potential for increased needs. In the past year video conferencing and tools necessary to secure the workforce have asked more from our laptops than ever before.
  • Recommended iMac 24": ~$1,740.  (M1, 16GB RAM, 256 GB hard drive) - A solid all around option that meets most productivity needs, and has room to take on additional computing requirement that will arise over it's useful life of 3-5 years. 
  • Mac Pro:  ~$5,900  (Intel Xeon, 32GB RAM, 256GB hard drive) - For power users who have specialized software and increased computing capacity to complete their tasks. Usually only used by researchers with extraordinarily intense computing needs. 

 

Personal computer

Recommendations for a computer for personal use can be found here: https://oregonstate.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1935/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?I...