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Buying PCs and Laptops

Read the information on this page if you plan to buy a personal computer, keyboard, monitor, or other computer-related item.

Computers and computer-related items include desktop CPUs (central processing units), monitors, keyboards, mice, modems, speakers, and disk drives, as well as laptop computers.

Choosing a computer that's right for you

UCSD provides the following resources to help you select a computer and components that will best meet your needs:

Supplier contacts

The suppliers listed in the table below can provide you with specific information about particular items. When you're ready to make your purchase, follow the step-by-step procedures outlined in How to Buy Computer Hardware.

Distributors National Manufacturers
  • HP
    For desktop models:
    Contact: Fatima Howard
    Phone: (760) 448-5767
    Cell: (310) 663-6238
    Fax: (800) 825-2329 (preferred)
    For servers:
    Contact: Roger Archuleta
    Phone: (888) 202-4682, Ext. 15510
    Fax: (800) 825-2329
    Buyer tips
  • Lenovo (formerly IBM Direct)
    Contact: Mark Provo
    Account Executive
    Phone: 760-809-1997

    Contact: Ted Berry
    PS Inside Account Sales
    Phone: 919-294-2902
    Fax: 919-257-4988
    Buyer tips

Notice: UCSD Procurement & Contracts endorses all on-campus suppliers. Other suppliers listed on this page have reliably provided goods and services to UCSD in the past. However, UCSD Procurement & Contracts does not intend their inclusion to be an endorsement.