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Computer Purchases


The Service Desk no longer provides quotes for computer devices. All devices and customization options are available through Bobcat Buy. All prices listed in Bobcat Buy include pre-negotiated discounts.

For model and specification recommendations, please use see Current PC Models and Current Mac Models (redirect to the Campus Bookstore catalog).

What do I need to get this service?

Current UC Merced Faculty or Staff who have access to Bobcat Buy for university business.

Do you need access to Bobcat Buy? Take the LMS Training located in the UC Merced Learning Center. It only takes 20 minutes to complete three short modules. Once you complete the Bobcat Buy training, Procurement Services will be notified automatically and we will begin the provisioning process, which takes about one to two business days.

Do you need to be set up as an approver? Contact your CAO to discuss how approvers are set up for your department and if you need to be added. Your CAO manages these roles and approvals and will determine the next steps. You will then be a click away from direct buying with access to millions of products.

Bobcat Buy Office Hours are available the first Friday of every month from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Register at:

What is included?

OIT provides recommendations for computer hardware devices and peripherals.

Current PC Models

Current Mac Models (redirects to the Campus Bookstore catalog, otherwise refer to Bobcat Buy)

When is support available for this service?

Self service is available 24x7.

How long does it take to get this service?

This is a self service option and is available 24x7.

How do I stop or change this service?

Please contact the OIT Service Desk with any questions.

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Desktop Support Guidelines

The Downtown Campus Center (DCC), ACS and SRE conference rooms are all HDMI video only.  Be sure your computer has an HDMI port otherwise refer to this chart for the required adapter:  

  • HP 1040 – Nothing. Comes with HDMI
  • HP 850 G3 – DisplayPort to HDMI adapter 
  • HP 650 G2 – DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
  • HP Folio G4 1040 – Nothing. Comes with HDMI
  • Dell Latitude E7400 - Nothing. Comes with HDMI
  • Dell Latitude E5400 - Nothing. Comes with HDMI
  • Surface Pro – Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
  • iPad – Lightning to HDMI