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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Hardware/Software Support

Base Specifications

Below are the base specifications for computers recommended for purchase. However, these specifications are subject to modification up until the orders are placed as vendor changes are out of our control. You can request a quote using our Tracking System which lets you create quote request ticket or view the status of your existing tickets. Alternately, you can email with your quote request.

Of note: most computers, printers, and monitors are select items available on State Contract. They tend to be business models and, as such, consumer grade devices are often unavailable for us to quote.

Finally, please remember that all technology purchases of any kind must be approved by CTS to ensure compatibility and base specifications with our infrastructure.

Mac OS logoMac mini Desktop

-24" Widescreen Display (1920x1080) w/Webcam
-8 Core CPU Apple M1 Chip
-512GB SSD
-M1 Graphics
-2 USB 3.2 Ports, 2 USB-C/Thunderbolt, & 1 HDMI

Windows logoDell OptiPlex 3080 Micro

-24" Widescreen Display (1920x1080) w/Webcam
-2.3GHz boost to 3.8GHz Intel Hex-Core i5
-512GB SSD
-Intel HD Graphics 630
-4 USB 3.2 Ports, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI

Mac OS logoMacBook Pro Notebook

-8 Core CPU Apple M1 Chip
-8GB memory (DDR4 SDRAM)
-13.3" Retina Display (2560x1600)
-M1 Graphics
-256GB SSD
-Built-in Wireless 802.11ac
-2 USB-C/Thunderbolt - HDMI Adapter Included
-Built-in Camera

Windows logoDell Latitude 14" 3410 Notebook

-1.6GHz boost to 4.2 GHz Intel Quad-Core i5
-8GB memory (DDR4 SDRAM)
-14" LCD Display (1366 x 768)
-Intel UHD Graphics for Intel 10th Processors
-512GB SSD
-Built-in Wireless 802.11ac
-1 USB-C, 2 USB 3.2, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI
-Built-in Camera/Microphone


Redeployment of Old Computers

CTS has developed a policy in regards to the "trickledown" of older computers as well as the purchase of new items. Check in the list below to see if your hardware meets the minimum requirements for redeployment.

CTS provides the following recommendations for your department trickledowns of older computer equipment. Please review this information and contact the IT Service Desk (x4444, if you have any questions or are uncertain of the specifications of a system.

Below are the minimum recommended specifications for old/trickledown computer hardware:

Mac OS logoApple Macintosh

Processor: Intel Core i5 2.2GHz w/Thunderbolt
Hard Disk: 250GB
Operating System: OS X 10.14 or above
Display: 21" LCD

Windows logoWindows

Processor: Intel Core i5 2.2GHz
Hard Disk: 250GB
Operating System: Windows 10
Display: 21" LCD

Software Support

Both Microsoft and Apple have announced that there will be no further development, support, or security patches for Windows 3.x/95/98/NT/XP/7 (Microsoft) and all Mac operating systems prior to OS X 10.14 (Apple). What this means to the college is that these systems are vulnerable to a malicious attack should any exploits be found in the operating system. These unsupported operating systems could be used by a malicious party to disrupt the campus network or even gain access to confidential information, the minimum specifications are in response to this concern.

Also of concern is software compatibility. Already companies such as Adobe and Microsoft are producing software that will not run on the older versions of these operating systems. Campus resources such as the web Content Management System no longer support these operating systems.

Windows 10

Windows 10 represents a significant change in the Windows Operating System. Windows 10 will be deployed on all new Windows computers including any that require "reimaging" for reuse or due to problems with their current operating system.


CTS offers consultation with departments, faculty and staff concerning the purchase of new equipment. Contact the IT Service Desk (x4444,


  • All computers must have a minimum of Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.14.
  • All computers must be purchased with a current license of Microsoft Office (included in the CTS Software bundle you will see in your quote.)
  • All computers will be automatically delivered to Stillman Hall for setup and installation by CTS.
  • All computers must have, at all times, current anti-virus software (included in the CTS Software bundle you will see in your quote.)
  • All the latest OS patches to provide both security and stability for the campus network.


New computer & accessory purchase requisitions are automatically sent to CTS to be reviewed before the order is placed. This is to ensure that:

  • They meet the above requirements for the operating system.
  • They are from a reputable/preferred vendor.
  • Contain a minimum level of technology.
  • Contain the best value for the College by taking full advantage of State Contract pricing.

Supported Printers

CTS is currently quoting Lexmark printers with State Contract Pricing. The pricing is extremely aggressive, all models are duplex (two-sided), network capable, and supported with the built-in drivers for Windows and macOS computers.

Locally Shared Printers

CTS does not support "local sharing" of a printer. Local sharing is where one desktop is attached directly to a printer via a USB or Parallel cable and the printer is shared via the computer's network connection.

Personally Owned Computers

CTS does not provide support for personally owned computers or any peripherals attached to them.