Iowa State University

ITInformation Technology

Purchase a Personal Computer

The following information is intended to help you purchase a computer from TechCYte for personal use. For information on purchasing a computer using funds from an ISU account, see How to Purchase a University-owned Computer.

  1. Purchase Your Hardware.

    • Tech CYte, located in the ISU bookstore in the Memorial Union, is Iowa State‚Äôs computer hardware and software resource. Information on ordering a computer and software can be found on the Tech CYte web page.
    • Current ISU students can get the latest Microsoft software at a fraction of the retail price through Tech CYte. For information, visit the Tech CYte Student Software page.
  2. Load Additional Software.

    • Licensed

      Tech CYte sells most standard software; however, if you are an ISU employee, check with your local IT coordinator to see if there is a site license for the software you want before purchasing.

    • Ready for Download

      Some software is available to download free of charge to individuals with an Iowa State Net-ID. For a list of software available at no fee, visit the Software Downloads page.

    • MS Office for Home Use

      Eligible faculty and staff can order Microsoft Office for home use through the Iowa State University Home Use Plan (HUP).

    • Microsoft Student Select/MCA Program for ISU Students

      If you have questions about the Student Select program at Iowa State, please contact

  3. Know Where to Get Technical Support.

    The Solution Center is the single point of contact for problem resolution and is available to everyone currently affiliated with the university. Contact the Solution Center.