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University Standard Computer Hardware Configuration

University Standard Computer Hardware Configuration

To accommodate varying needs in administration, instruction and research computing, while avoiding excessive variability in equipment and software, University computing purchases are standardized on the Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems.

The following standard hardware configurations must be used by University faculty and staff unless a departmental request for deviation from the standard has been approved by the Instructional, Administrative and Information Technology management team.  An obsolence schedule is published annually regarding computer hardware no longer supported by IT.  Please see University Policy 16, Computer Hardware and Software Policy, for further information.

If you are purchasing new computing hardware, Kettering University has approved vendors whom meet University technology standards.

Current Computer Hardware Configuration 

The following hardware configuration is considered current and will receive full Information Technology (IT) support.


Intel i3 Processor, Intel i5 Processor, or Intel i7 Processor – Dual/Quad – 64 bit


4GB or greater


500GB SATA II - 7200RPM Hard Disk Drive or greater


DVD+/-RW 24X Internal DVD/CD-Burner (Optional)


  • Integrated or Dedicated Intel HD Graphics
  • DVI or HDMI & VGA Interface with Dual Display Capability


500W Steady State Power Supply (Desktop)


Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet


  • USB 3.0 Ports
  • USB 2.0 Ports
  • Parallel Port
  • Serial Port (Optional)


  • 3-Years Manufacturer’s Warranty on Motherboard, Hard Disk & Integrated Components
  • 3-Years Complete Care On-Site Accidental Damage Coverage (Laptop)
Any other processors or specifications not listed need to be reviewed for approval on a case-by-case basis by IT Management.