Hardware Purchasing Recommendations

Many CSAIL groups purchase their own hardware. TIG provides support for group hardware, provided it is a standard configuration which supports Linux. ‘Gaming’ systems, consumer hardware in general, and custom-built PCs fall outside of our support. We offer the following recommendations as alternatives that TIG will support.

Unsure if we’ll support a particular machine? Just ask! We’re at help@csail.mit.edu

Know of a good vendor with Linux support? Reach out to us, and we can add it here.


We, or our users, have had luck with the following vendors. This is by no means a complete list of your options:


A slightly less complete list, simply because there are many more options: