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Overview

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

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

Lab IT provides the following services for all new and repurposed workstation requests:

  • Assess the ideal computer for your work and budget
  • Procure computer hardware, accessories, and software
  • Configure computers with Berkeley Lab-recommended software and settings
  • Enroll computers in our management systems BigFix and CrowdStrike
  • Deliver, install, and configure computer setup based on customer needs
  • Transfer data, settings, and applications from the previous workstation
  • Retrieve and salvage the previous workstation as requested

Science Divisions

Note that some Science Divisions have internal IT groups that 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, click the Business tab, and choose PurchaseNow.

CRD:
To purchase a new computer, monitor, or peripherals: Go to the CRD procurement portal at https://bit.ly/CRD_eProForm and submit a procurement request.

NERSC:
To purchase a new computer: Contact your division admin assistants at [email protected]

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

specifying and procurement

$250
System Refresh$250

$100/hr + $100/hr for

specifying and procurement

$250


These fees are not charged for "Standard" Primary Workstations issued to personnel from Operations Divisions as part of the
Operations Desktop Support program. A fee of $250 will be charged for any customized system.

Time Frame

Request TypeTime to CompleteNotes
General Purpose/Mid-tier models for new hires2-3 weeks

Place orders at least two weeks before the start date. 

General Purpose/Mid-tier models for system refreshand special tasks2-4 weeks
Repurposed (used) systems2-4 weeks
High Performance/Graphics Performance/Custom orders6-12 weeks

October 2023: We are experiencing long delays on high end laptops through our normal supply chain and are working with our vendors to learn more about the situation. If a system is needed on shorter notice, we can work with you to review laptops that are available on the shelf from other vendors as alternatives.

Delivery times vary widely, occasionally taking 3-6 months.
Systems are typically ready for installation within 2 weeks of delivery.

Loaner systems may be available for short-term needs. 

How to Request A Computer

Use the provided Google forms in the table below to request a computer. You must be logged in to Google with your LBL account as the active account (for users who sign in to multiple google accounts).

See the time frame table above to help plan when to submit a computer request.


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.

Lab 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 repurposed workstation from IT's available inventory.

Lab IT makes systems available to all Lab research groups using computers. The equipment is available for a $250 fee which includes the installation of the Berkeley Lab standard load including all security configurations.

The models of these systems are subject to availability.

Custom SpecificationCustom Computer Request FormAnyone whose computing needs are not met by any of the Lab Standards.Please note that custom orders are subject to supply chain constraints.

Lab-Standards Computer Selection

  • Any customization made to these specifications will require additional time and labor for provisioning
  • Selecting from the standard configurations will ensure the fastest delivery of your workstation

To see more details, expand the hardware list you want to see:


General Purpose

Mid-Tier

Graphics/High Performance Desktop

Purpose and Use Cases

Everyday computing tasks include 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

Computation and Graphics Intensive Applications, including 2D/3D Modeling, CAD Design Work, Graphic/Video Editing, Data Analysis, Software Development and Running Virtual Machines.

Recommended for: Mechanical Engineers, Graphic Artists, 3D modelers, Intensive Data Processing and Analysis

Windows Desktop

DELL Precision 3460 SFF

  • Processor: 6-core i5-13600 - 3.1GHz up to 4.5GHz
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro
  • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Memory: 8GB 1X8GB DDR4 2666MHz or 2933MHz
  • Storage: M.2 PCIe 256GB Class 35 SSD HD 
  • Network: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11ax Dual Band (2x2) Wireless Module + Bluetooth 5 (555-BFRR)
  • Keyboard: Dell KB216 Wired Multi-Media Keyboard
  • Mouse: Dell Laser Wired Mouse - MS3220
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Hardware Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis & Keep Your Hard Drive
  • Cost: $927


DELL Precision 3460 SFF

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-13900 (16 Core (8P+8E), 30M cache, base 2.4GHz, up to 5.1GHz (65W)) TDP (338-CDBL)
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro
  • Graphics: NVIDIA T1000, 4GB GDDR6, low profile, 4mDP to DP adapter
  • Memory: 32GB (2X16GB) DDR5 4800MHz, SO-DIMM, Non-ECC (370-AGXG)
  • Storage: M.2 PCIe 512GB Class 40 SSD HD 
  • Network: Intel Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz) AX211 2x2 Bluetooth 5.2 Wireless Card (555-BHHI) 
  • Keyboard: Dell KB216 Wired Multi-Media Keyboard
  • Mouse: Dell Laser Wired Mouse - MS3220
  • Cost: $1,779

Dell Precision 5860 Tower

  • Processor: Intel Xeon Processor W3-2435 (22.5 MB Cache, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.1 GHz to 4.5 GHz Turbo, 165W)
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX A4000, 16GB GDDR6, 4DP
  • Memory: 32GB, 1x32GB, DDR5 4800MHz RDIMM ECC Memory
  • Storage: M.2 PCIe 512GB Class 40 SSD HD
  • Keyboard: Dell KB216 Wired Multi-Media Keyboard
  • Mouse: Mouse wired-USB
  • Warranty: 4 Year Basic Onsite Service with Hardware Support
  • Cost: $3,356



General Purpose

Mid-Tier

PerformanceGraphics Performance
Windows Laptop

Dell Latitude 5440

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-13455U (13th Gen, 10 Cores, 12MB Cache, up to 4.70GHz Turbo)
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • LCD: 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare, Non-Touch, WVA, 250 nits, HD Camera, WLAN
  • Graphics: Intel Iris XE Graphics
  • Memory: 8GB RAM DDR4 Non-ECC
  • Storage: M.2 256GB Class 35 2230 SSD
  • Keyboard: Single Pointing Backlit US English Keyboard
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2x2 802.11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.1
  • Battery: 3 Cell 41Whr Express Charge Capable Battery
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Cost: $994


Dell Latitude 5440

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1365U (12 MB cache, 10  cores, 12 threads, up to 5.200 GHz Turbo)
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • LCD: 14.0" FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare, SLP, Non-Touch, ComfortView+, WVA, 400 nits, FHD IR Camera
  • Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Memory: 16 GB, 1 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD, Class 35
  • Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard
  • Security: Contacted SmartCard Reader
  • Wireless: Intel AX211 WiFi 6e 2x2 AX+ BT 5.2
  • Battery: 4 Cell, 58Wh, ExpressCharge Capable
  • Power Adapter: E5 90W Adapter, USB Type-C
  • Optical Drive: No Optical Drive
  • Environmental Ratings: Energy Star & EPEAT Gold Rated
  • Warranty Information: 4 Years Hardware Warranty with Onsite/In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis & Keep Your Hard Drive
  • Cost: $1,430

Dell Precision 5680

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-13900H, vPro Enterprise (24MB Cache, 14 Cores, 20 Threads, 2.6 - 5.4 GHz Turbo, 45W)
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • LCD: 16" OLED touch, 3840 x 2400, 60Hz, 400 nits WLED, Adobe 100% min and DCI-P3 99% typ,99%min w/ IR Cam (391-BHQK)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX A2000 Ada, 8 GB, GDDR6
  • Memory: 32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, LPDDR5, 6000MT/s
  • Hard Drive:1 TB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe SSD, Class 40
  • Keyboard: Single Pointing Backlit English US Keyboard
  • Wireless: Intel AX211, 2x2 MIMO, 2400 Mbps, 2.4/5/6 GHz, Wi-Fi 6/6E (WiFi 802.11ax), Bluetooth
  • Battery: 6-cell 100Whr Lithium battery
  • Power Adapter: 165W E5 Type C Power Adapter
  • Optical Drive: No Optical Drive
  • Environmental Ratings: Energy Star & EPEAT Gold
  • Warranty Information: 4Y Basic Onsite Service with Hardware Support
  • Weight: 4.20 lbs
  • Cost:  $3,291


Dell Precision 5680

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-13900H, vPro Enterprise (24 MB cache, 14 cores, 20 threads, 2.60 GHz to 5.40 GHz, 45W)
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • LCD: 16" OLED touch, 3840 x 2400, 60Hz, 400 nits WLED, Adobe 100% min and DCI-P3 99% typ,99%min w/ IR Cam
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 3500 Ada, 12GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 32 GB, 2x16 GB, LPDDR5, 6000MT/s
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB, M.2 2280, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe SSD, Class 40
  • Keyboard: Single Pointing Backlit English US Keyboard
  • Wireless: Intel AX211, 2x2 MIMO, 2400 Mbps, 2.4/5/6 GHz, Wi-Fi 6/6E (WiFi 802.11ax), Bluetooth
  • Battery: 6-cell 100Whr Lithium battery (451-BDDZ)
  • Power Adapter: 165W E5 Type C Power Adapter
  • Optical Drive: No Optical Drive
  • Environmental Ratings: Energy Star & EPEAT Gold
  • Warranty Information: 5 Years of Hardware Service with Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis & KYHD Service
  • Weight: 4.20 lbs
  • Cost: $3,612


General Purpose

Mid-Tier

Graphics Performance

High
Performance
Purpose and Use Cases

Everyday computing tasks include 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


Mac Desktop

Apple Mac Mini (MMFJ3LL/A)

  • Processor: Apple M2 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: 8GB unified memory
  • Storage: 256GB SSD storage
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)
  • Features: Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, two USB-A ports, headphone jack
  • AppleCare: AppleCare Plus (SGQQ2LL/A)
  • Cost: $663.56


Apple Mac Mini (Z170000FN)

  • Processor: Apple M2 chip with 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: 16GB Unified memory
  • Storage: 512GB SSD storage
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)
  • Features: Four Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, two USB-A ports, headphone jack
  • AppleCare:
  • AppleCare Plus (SGQQ2LL/A)
  • Cost:  $1,705.44





General Purpose

Mid-Tier

Graphics PerformanceHigh
Performance

Mac
Laptop

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Midnight (MLY33LL/A)

  • Processor: Apple M2 Chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Memory: 8GB Unified Memory
  • Storage: 256GB SSD storage
  • Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone
  • Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - US English
  • Features: 1080p FaceTime HD camera, Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, MagSafe 3 charging port
  • Power: 30W USB-C Power Adapter
  • AppleCare: AppleCare Plus (SF8C2LL/A)
  • Cost: $1,335.00

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Space Gray
(Z16R0005U)

  • Processor: Apple M2 chip with 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Graphics: 16-Core Neural Engine
  • Memory: 16GB Unified Memory
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard - US English
  • Features: Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
  • Power: 96W USB-C to MagSafe 3 Power Adapter
  • AppleCare: AppleCare Plus (SF932LL/A)
  • Cost: 1,860.00



Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch Space Gray (Z176000HC)

  • Processor: Apple M2 Max with 12-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Graphics: 38-Core GPU
  • Memory: 64GB unified memory
  • Storage: 2TB SSD storage
  • Display: 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display²
  • Power: 140W USB-C Power Adapter 
  • Features: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, headphone jack, MagSafe 3 port
  • Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - US English
  • AppleCare: AppleCare Plus (SGCT2LL/A)
  • Cost: $4,364.00

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch Space Black (Z1AU0029V)

  • Processor: Apple M3 Pro with 12-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Graphics: 18-core GPU
  • Memory: 36GB Unified Memory
  • Storage: 1TB SSD storage
  • Display: 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display²
  • Power: 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Features: Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, headphone jack, MagSafe 3 port
  • Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - US English
  • AppleCare: AppleCare Plus (SLAL2LL/A)
  • Cost: $2,966.00

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. ChomeOS has a wide range of extensions and Android applications available and integration with the Lab's Google tools. ChromeOS devices 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

List of available ChromeOS devices coming soon

Standard Software

Windows Computers
Apple Computers
Chrome Desktop/Laptop
Linux Desktop

Chrome
Firefox
CrowdStrike
BigFix
Zoom
Druva InSync (backup software)
RSIGuard
Acrobat Reader DC
Cisco VPN Client

Windows 10 Professional or Windows 11 Professional

Chrome
Firefox
CrowdStrike
BigFix
Zoom
Druva InSync (backup software)
RSIGuard
Cisco VPN Client


macOS: Version supported by Apple, current release, and the two prior releases 

Google Apps
RealVNC
Chrome Remote Desktop
Zoom
Cisco VPN Client

Ubuntu
Chrome
Firefox
BigFix
Zoom
Druva InSync InSync
Cisco VPN Client

Virtual Machines

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

Additional Resources