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Introduction

Have you ever asked the questions:

  • Where do I go to buy a computer?
  • How do I know this computer will meet my needs?
  • Am I spending too much money?

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have the flexibility to select and procure workstations on their own. If you have ever tried to browse through eBuy to find the perfect system for your needs, you know that it can be a daunting experience.

IT User Support offers simple and efficient services to order the perfect computer for your needs. We can also help you get a re-purposed system at no charge!

We provide the lowest-cost, and highest-quality services available, based on standardized hardware and software configurations, automated management systems, and years of expertise. 

IT User Support Services

IT User Support Group 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

IT User Support charges $100/hr for workstation support services. 

Labor is not charged to Operations staff, as part of the Operations Desktop Support program. 

How to Order

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

Operation staff can select from standard models using the Operations Computer Request Form.

All Lab personnel can choose to order a customized workstation by using the Customized Computer Request Form.

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.

Workstation Standards

Standard Installed Software

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

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


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


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

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


Based on user profile

Ubuntu
Chrome
Firefox
Sophos
BigFix
Druva InSync

Backup Software

Protect your data! Berkeley Lab provides desktop backups using Druva InSync. Druva is available with UNLIMITED storage for up to 10 workstations for only $48 per year!

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

Standard Hardware

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

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

Workstation Description

General Purpose

High Power

High Performance Graphics

Purpose and Use CasesCommon computing tasks including office applications, browser-based applications, and light-duty analysis

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

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

PC Desktop

Dual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD 
Integrated Graphics
Small form factor
approx. $800-$1200

Quad-core i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
Basic GPU
Tower form factor 
approx. $1500-$2000

Quad-core i7 processor
32GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
High-end GPU
Tower form factor 
approx. $2500-$3000

PC LaptopDual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD
12" display 
approx. $1200-$1500

Quad-core i7 processor
16GB RA
512GB SSD HD
14" display
approx. $1800-$2200

Quad-core i7 processor
32GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
17" display
approx. $3500-$4000
Mac DesktopDual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD
approx. $600-$1200
Quad-core i7 processor
16GBs RAM
512GB SSD HD
approx. $2000-$2500
Xeon processor
32GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
approx. $ 4600-$5000
Mac LaptopDual-core i5 processor
8GB RAM
256GB SSD HD
approx. $1200-$1500
Quad-core i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
approx. $2300-$2700
Quad-core i7 processor
16GB RAM
512GB SSD HD
approx. $3000-$3500
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



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