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Recommended Dell Systems

SCS Computing Facilities has updated supported configurations of Dell systems that address the common use cases within our user base. Configurations are structured as standard productivity and performance baseline recommendations.

Please note that these are general configurations to meet average use cases.  Please consider any special requirements in terms of CPU performance, storage capacity or memory requirements of specialized software or intended use. Some flexibility is possible regarding memory and storage in our configurations.

Please ensure your requested configuration considers your usage, storage and performance requirements as many computers now have permanent, soldered-in memory, storage and/or CPU components and it may not be possible to upgrade later-on. 

If you are ready to order this equipment, proceed to our online purchasing application.

If you have questions regarding configuration and specs, we are happy to provide consulting. Please request consulting and let us know what questions or concerns you have regarding your selected computer.

Dell Laptops (Windows Only)

SCS Computing Facilities highly encourages that a 4 year Dell ProSupport Plus Extended Warranty be included with any Dell laptop computer purchase. Estimated price includes this coverage. See our warranty considerations for more information. 

14" Latitude 7420 Specifications

13" Latitude 7320 Specifications

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  • Intel® 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 (Quad core, 2.8GHz)
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.7Ghz
  • 16GB 4267MHz LPDDR4X Memory
  • 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Intel® Iris Xe Graphics 
  • 1x USB 3.0 Port, 2x USB-C Ports
  • Thunderbolt 4 via USB-C
  • 14.0" FHD (1920x1080) display
  • Up to 13 hours (approximate battery life)
  • 2.9 lbs. (approximate weight)
  • Intel® 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 (Quad core, 2.8GHz)
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.7GHz
  • 16GB 4267MHz LPDDR4X Memory
  • 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Intel® Iris Xe Graphics
  • 1x USB 3.0 Ports, 2x USB-C Ports
  • Thunderbolt 4 via USB-C
  • 13.3" FHD (1920x1080) display
  • Up to 13 hours (approximate battery life)
  • 2.4 lbs. (approximate weight)
Estimated Price: Under $2,000.00 *As Configured Estimated Price: Under $2,000.00 *As Configured
Accessory recommendations available Accessory recommendations available
Memory Upgradeable? No, 16GB max (memory soldered on-board)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, M.2 PCIe NVMe
External Display:
DELL U2421HE USB-C Hub Monitor with soundbar (not included)

Memory Upgradeable? No, 16GB max (memory soldered on-board)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, M.2 PCIe NVMe
External Display:
DELL U2421HE USB-C Hub Monitor with soundbar (not included)

 


 

Dell Desktops (Windows and Linux)

SCS Computing Facilities highly encourages that a 4 year Dell Extended Warranty be included with any Dell desktop computer purchase. Estimated price includes this coverage.  See our warranty considerations for more information.

Precision 3650 Specifications

Precision 5820 Specifications

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  • Intel® 11th Gen Core i7-11700 (8 core, 2.5GHz)
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.9GHz
  • 16MB SmartCache
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB M.2 SSD
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® P400 2GB
  • 6x USB 3.0 Ports, 2x USB 2.0 Ports, 1x USB-C Port
  • 128GB Maximum Memory Capacity
  • Mouse and Keyboard included
  • Intel® Xeon® W-2223 (4 core, 3.6GHz)
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 8.25 MB SmartCache
  • 16GB 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB M.2 SSD
  • 2TB SATA 7200 RPM
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® P1000 4GB
  • 8x USB 3.0 Ports, 2x USB-C Ports
  • 512GB Maximum Memory Capacity
  • Mouse and Keyboard included
Estimated Price: Under $1,500.00 *As Configured Estimated Price: Under $1,900.00 *As Configured
Accessory recommendations available Accessory recommendations available

Memory Upgradeable? Yes, 128GB max (4x32GB)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 1TB max SSD (M.2 NVMe or SATA) or 8TB max HDD (SATA)
Monitor:
DELL Ultrasharp U2422H Monitor with soundbar (not included)

Memory Upgradeable? Yes, 512GB max (8x64GB)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 2TB max SSD (M.2 NVMe or SATA) or 12TB max HDD (SATA)
Monitor:
DELL Ultrasharp U2422H Monitor with soundbar (not included)

 

Warranty Considerations

SCSCF desktop computing technical staff are vendor certified to make hardware repairs on Apple, Dell and Lenovo equipment. This allows us to order parts for advance replacement and perform repairs on site.

We highly encourage that all equipment be purchased with a minimum of 4 years of warranty coverage.

Dell laptops can be purchased with Accidental Damage Service which covers:

  • Liquid spilled on or in unit
  • Drops, falls, and other collisions
  • Electrical surge
  • Damaged or broken LCD due to a drop or fall
What’s not covered:
  • Damage due to fire
  • Intentional damage (such as hammer marks)
  • Normal wear
  • Cosmetic damage
  • Consumable parts (ex. bulbs, toner)
  • Theft

Without Accidental Damage Service, you will be responsible for the cost of the repair for these items regardless of warranty. For more information visit, Dell's coverage website