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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    See if whoever is providing your workstations will do you a quote for a machine with a Seagate Momentus XT 750GB drive instead of a standard 3.5" drive. There's about 20 difference in the retail price on Amazon (30-ish for a 3.5" drive, 50-ish for the hybrid drive), and for multiple orders from an OEM you might be able to get that price down a bit more.
    They are not 50, they are closer to 70, when you take VAT off. A Kingston V300 comes in cheaper than that for a 120GB model.

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    @Gaz - Had quite a few quotes and head is spinning from the options now... VeryPC, CCS, Dell, Downtown Computers (Local company who came in very competitively!).
    @localzuk - Think I will have a word with SLT and push the SSD idea. Cost is around 30 more per machine but I agree that it is a worthwhile spend long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They are not 50, they are closer to 70, when you take VAT off.
    I just bought 2 from Amazon today - 59.49 each, including VAT. Of course, I haven't actually plugged them in and seen how well they work yet - "SSD performance for harddrive price!" might be a bit much to expect, but I'll try and do some benchmarks at some point to see what performance is like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    I just bought 2 from Amazon today - 59.49 each, including VAT. Of course, I haven't actually plugged them in and seen how well they work yet - "SSD performance for harddrive price!" might be a bit much to expect, but I'll try and do some benchmarks at some point to see what performance is like.
    Linky please, that's a very good price. I can't find that model anywhere for less than 83 inc vat.

    I can see 500GB versions for around that price though.
    Last edited by localzuk; 20th February 2013 at 03:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    but I'll try and do some benchmarks at some point to see what performance is like.
    Something like... In The Lab With Seagate's Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid HDD : Hybrid Hard Drives Evolve Yet Again

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I can't find that model anywhere for less than 83 inc vat.
    Hmm - I can't either now, although there's some for 61.39:

    Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS - Hard drive - 750 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-3...: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    It seems that these are "Sold by X, fulfilled by Amazon" deals (which are what the two I've just bought were), so it would seem that Amazon is acting as a wholesaler for resellers here - the wholesale (and, you'd hope, bulk system-builder) price must be a bit lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Hmm - I can't either now, although there's some for 61.39:

    Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS - Hard drive - 750 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-3...: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    It seems that these are "Sold by X, fulfilled by Amazon" deals (which are what the two I've just bought were), so it would seem that Amazon is acting as a wholesaler for resellers here - the wholesale (and, you'd hope, bulk system-builder) price must be a bit lower.
    That's a standard ST, not an XT hybrid drive.

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    The part code you're looking for is:

    ST750LX003 (Momentus XT Hybrid Drive | Seagate)

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    That's a standard ST, not an XT hybrid drive.
    So, it turns out, are the ones I've just bought. Bother.

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    To the original topic. Be careful that you are not just digging yourself a hole, you may need to purchase less stations up front but buying a solution that will cause problems in future is just causing yourself problems. A 60GB SSD and i3 will work well for a couple of years as long as you have limited software usage. Five years though is a long time, we get mid level i5's to get that kind of longevity in a primary school.

    We would love to use SSDs here but in NZ at least the cost to use them is just way to high so we are stuck with magnetic media for the time being.

    To sum up, don't use the money to dig yourself into a hole, if you need to buy less or simply tell them that they are insane to expect that much for the budget provided. If you do have to go i3 - personal opinion and experience - stay clear of Intel motherboards, the slowest implementation of i3's I have ever seen that put me off them for a couple of years.

    I would try for 120GB SSDs and i5 if possible, five years is a very long time in technology terms and it is a very long time to listen to the moaning when it proves limiting.

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