Purchasing a CSCS Device

If you would like to purchase a new CSCS laptop/desktop device to run Linux, our recommended standard specification is:

CSCS Type 



Standard Laptop

Dell Latitude 5430

i5-1245U 10 Core, 16GB, M.2 256GB SSD

Performance Laptop

Dell Latitude 7430

i7-1245U 10 Core, 16GB, M.2 512GB SSD

Standard DesktopDell OptiPlex 7090 MFFi5-10600, 16GB RAM, M.2 512GB SSD

If you prefer to order a different model or specification, it should be for Linux at least:

Adding a non-CSCS Device to CSCS Support

If you already have a laptop/desktop PC that you have purchased, that you would like to add onto CSCS support, the minimum hardware threshold for any Linux device:

Note: If the device has been purchased through a University supplier, it should be purchased with a 5 year warranty

Age of Devices on CSCS Support

From 01/07/2022, CSCS has updated its approach with regards to the age of devices on CSCS support. This is to ensure we are able to provide ongoing protection for your files, data & devices at the appropriate level, which is not possible when running older devices & operating systems.