IRT Recommended Desktop Computers

The IRT recommended desktop computers are the Dell Optiplex 9010 Desktop and the Apple iMac 21.5-inch 2.7GHz.  Departments may purchase the computers on behalf of the institution using a campus requisition order.

This page is intended primarily for institutional purchase, but the recommendations might be helpful for personal use. Faculty, staff and students can purchase IRT recommended Dell and Apple equipment for personal use directly from the Hornet Bookstore for the same low price as the institutional price (plus applicable environmental fees and taxes).

Dell Optiplex 9010 Desktop
OptiPlex 990

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  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 2500 (3.3GHz, 6M)  
  • Operating Systems: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Service Pack 2 with Media 32-bit, English Installed
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 Non-ECC, SDRAM,133MHz Dual Channel, 2x2GB
  • Video Card: 512MB AMD RADEON HD 6350 (2 DVI), low profile
  • Monitor: Dell Professional P190S 19 in HAS,VGA/DVI
  • Keyboard: Dell USB Entry keyboard, English
  • Mouse: Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse
  • Hard Drive: 250GB 2.5 SATA with 16MB DataBurst Cashe™
  • CD ROM/DVD ROM: 16X DVD+/-RW SATA, Roxio Creator™ CyberlinkPowerDVD™ (Royalty)
  • Systems Management Mode: Intel Standard Manageability
  • Speakers: None
  • Hardware Support Services: 3 Year Basic Hardware Service with 3 year NBD Onsite Service after remote diagnosis.


Apple iMac 21.5-inch 2.7GHz
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  • All-in-one design: iMac packs all its components--from the processor to the iSight camera--into an astoundingly thin, anodized aluminum frame.
  • Processor: 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache 
  • Operating Systems: MacOS X Snow Leopard;
  • Software included: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, GarageBand)
  • Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 1TB (7200 rpm) 
  • CD ROM/DVD ROM: 8x SuperDrive with 4x double layer burning
  • Mouse: Magic Mouse
  • Keyboard: Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Display: Apple 21.5-inch glossy widescreen display.
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics
  • Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
  • Warranty: Every Mac comes with complimentary telephone technical support within 90 days of your Mac purchase and a one-year limited warranty.