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Berkeley Lab IT makes it simple to get a new computer quickly and easily. We also have re-purposed systems available for no charge!

We provide the lowest-cost and highest-quality services available, based on Lab-Standard hardware and software, automated management systems, and many, many years of experience. 

Note that some Science Divisions have internal IT groups who provide workstations. Members of these divisions should follow internal IT processes to request new workstations.

ESnet:
To purchase a new computer: Go to the ESnet Service Portal at: https://esnet.service-now.com/ess and click the Business tab and choose PurchaseNow.

CRD:
To purchase a new computer: Contact your division admin assistant. For linux system purchase consulting, contact cshelp@lbl.gov.

Overview

IT provides the following services for all new and re-purposed workstation requests:

  • Help selecting the ideal computer for your work and budget
  • Procurement of hardware and accessories
  • Enrolling computers in our management systems
  • Pre-configuring computers with Berkeley Lab recommended software and settings
  • Delivery, installation, and configuration based on customer needs
  • Transfer data, settings, and applications from previous workstation
  • Retrieval and salvage of previous workstation

Rates

As of June 1, 2018, IT has new rates for system configuration and refreshes.


Lab-Standard ModelNon-Standard ModelRepurposed System
New Install$250

$250 + $100/hr for

speccing and procurement

$250
System Refresh$250

$100/hr + $100/hr for

speccing and procurement

$250


These fees ares not charged to personnel from Operations Divisions, as part of the 
Operations Desktop Support program. 

How to Request Service

Users can request a computer through one of our Google forms. These forms will generate a service request in the askUs system.

You must be logged in to google with your LBL account as the active account (for users who sign in to multiple google accounts).


Please submit all requests for computers at least 2 weeks in advance, for standard models, and 4-6 weeks in advance for custom systems.


Workstation TypeRequest FormWho Should Use This FormNotes
Lab-StandardLab-Standard Computer Request Form

Anyone wishing to purchase a standard model of laptop, desktop, or iPad

All Operations personnel will use this form, except under special circumstances.

IT highly recommends that users deploy Lab-standard models. These are readily available for quick delivery, and we have better tools and expertise available to support these systems.

The Lab-standards are summarized below. 

Re-purposed (used)Lab-Standard Computer Request FormAnyone who wants a zero-cost re-purposed workstation from IT's available inventory.

IT makes systems available to all Lab research groups after they have passed the end of their primary service life. The equipment is available at no cost, and the erasing, re-installation, OS license, configuration and installation costs $250 per system.

The models and performance of these systems is subject to availability.

Custom SpecificationCustom Computer Request FormAnyone whose computing needs are not met by any of the Lab Standards.In general it costs more to select, procure, and support custom computer equipment, and the use of standard equipment is encouraged when possible, but IT will provision and support whatever equipment is needed for a given project.

More Information

Lab-Standards

Selecting from the standard configurations will ensure the fastest delivery of your workstation.

Any customization made to these specifications will require additional time and labor for provisioning.

Workstation Class

General Purpose

Mid-Tier

Graphics Performance

High-Power
Purpose and Use Cases

Common computing tasks including office applications, browser-based applications, and light-duty analysis.

Recommended for: Most non-scientific users and scientists using terminal emulation (SSH)

Mid-range computing, such as large spreadsheets, ECAD design, software development, and CPU-intensive applications

Recommended for: Scientists analyzing small local data sets and Developers

Graphic-intensive applications, including 3D modeling, CAD design work, and graphic and video editing

Recommended for: Mechanical Engineers, Graphic Artists, 3D modelers

Computation-intensive applications, including modeling, data analysis, software development and running virtual machines

Recommended for: Intensive data processing and analysis


PC Desktop

Dell Optiplex 7060

Six-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD 
Intel Integrated Graphics
Small form factor
$750

Dell Optiplex 7060

Six-core i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
Radeon GPU (4 GB)
Small form factor 
$1200

Dell Precision 5820

Quad-core Xeon processor
32GB RAM
512GB Class 40 SSD HD
nVidia Quadro GPU (8 GB)
DVD Drive
Tower form factor 
$2700

SuperMicro Custom

Quad-core Xeon processor
256 GB SSD (system volume)
512 GB SSD (home volume) 2TB HDD (scratch volume)
32 GB RAM
GeForce GPU (2 GB)
approx. $2200

PC Laptop

Dell Latitude 5290

Dual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD
Intel Integrated Graphics
12" display
3 lbs 
$1200

Dell Latitude 5490

Dual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD
Intel Integrated Graphics
14" display
3.5 lbs 
$1250

Dell XPS 9370 2-in-1

Dual-core i7 processor
16 GB RAM
512 GB SSD HD
Intel Integrated Graphics
13" display
2.7 lbs
$1750

Dell Latitude 7490

Quad-core i7 processor
16 GB RAM
512 GB SSD HD
Intel Integrated Graphics
14" display
3.1 lbs
$1625

Dell Precision 7530

Six-core i7 processor
32GB RAM
512GB Class 40 SSD HD
nVidia Quadro GPU (4GB)
15" display
5.7 lbs
$2600



Mac Desktop

Apple Mac Mini

3.6GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i3
8GB 26666MHz DDR4 RAM
256GB SSD HD
Integrated UHD Graphics 630
approx. $950

Apple Mac Mini

3.2GHz 6 core 8th generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
512GB SSD HD
Intel Iris Graphics 630
approx. $1620

Apple iMac

Quad-core i7 processor
32GBs RAM
512GB SSD HD
Radeon GPU (8GB)
approx. $3500


Mac Laptop

Apple MacBook Air

1.6GHz Dual-core i5 processor
2 Thunderbolt- 3 Ports
13" Retina Display
8GB RAM
128GB SSD HD
Intel HD GPU
approx. $1350

Apple MacBook Pro

Dual-core 3.5Ghz i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
Intel Iris GPU
13" Display
approx. $2550

Apple MacBook Pro

Quad-core 2.9Ghz i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
Radeon GPU (4GB)
15" Display
approx. $2800


Chrome DesktopIntel i3 processor
8GB RAM
16GB SSD HD
approx. $300-$500
Intel i5 processor
8GB RAM
64GB SSD HD
approx. $500-$750
Intel i7 processor
16GB RAM
64GB SSD HD
approx. $750-$1500

Chrome Laptop

Celeron or MediaTek processor
4GB RAM
32GB SSD HD
13" screen
approx. $300-$500

Samsung Chromebook Pro
Core m3 processor
4GB RAM
32GB SSD HD
12.3" flip touchscreen
approx. $500-$750

Google Pixelbook
Core i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
12.3" flip touchscreen
$1500-$1750

Virtual Machine (Windows Server or Linux)

2 Core Xeon
4-8 GB
40 GB HD

$900/3 years

4 Core Xeon
16 GB
40 GB HD

$1800/3 years



ChromeOS

Berkeley Lab IT strongly recommends that all users consider using ChromeOS devices. These systems are very inexpensive, and require little-to-no configuration and management. With a wide range of extensions and Android applications available, as well as integration with the Lab's Google tools, these can be an excellent choice for many users. They are ideal for providing remote access to applications and services running on other desktops, servers, and VMs. Please see the ChromeOS FAQ

Virtual Machines

Berkeley Lab IT also provides on-demand VM hosting for scientific applications. See the Science VM FAQ for more information.

Standard Software

PC Desktop
PC Laptop
Mac Desktop
Mac Laptop
Chrome Desktop/Laptop
Linux Desktop

Windows 10 Professional
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync
RSIGuard
Acrobat Reader DC
Notepad ++


Windows 10 Professional
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync
RSIGuard
Acrobat Reader DC
Notepad ++
Cisco VPN Client


MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync
RSIGuard

JAMF Pro (Operations only)


MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync
RSIGuard
Cisco VPN Client

JAMF Pro (Operations only)

Google Apps

RealVNC

Remote Desktop

Ubuntu
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync

Backup Software

Protect your data! Use Druva InSync to backup your workstations.

Druva provides UNLIMITED backups for up to 10 workstations for $57 per year!

Please see the Druva InSync FAQ for details, or sign up at software.lbl.gov.

For other backup questions, please see the Backups page.


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