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    Typical spec for new classroom PC...?

    What's the typical spec that people are purchasing as teaching PCs these days...?

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    Do you mean for teachers or students?

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    Core i3, 4Gb RAM I'd say - you can get away with lesser but this spec should run happily for five years or more IMHO.

    Our last round of machines were actually Core i3-2120, 8Gb RAM and 128Gb SSD from Stone, and they're lightning quick. They did go into the main IT rooms though so I pushed the spec a bit.

    I'd still recommend SSD if you can though, makes an incredible difference.

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    My current spec is Dual Core, 4Gb, SSD. I prefer i3's were possible and go for 128Gb SSD were possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Do you mean for teachers or students?
    For teachers, though I'm wondering whether to differentiate. I was thinking of i3, 4GB. Interesting idea about SSD, we have none of those. We usually go for Dells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJG View Post
    For teachers, though I'm wondering whether to differentiate. I was thinking of i3, 4GB. Interesting idea about SSD, we have none of those.
    Changing to SSD has been the best thing we have done. Boot up speed is ~10-15 seconds.

    Our current spec is:
    i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Dedicated Video, 22" Widescreen Monitor, 5 Year NBD Warranty

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    Here for both staff and student

    Optiplex 7010 USSF i5, 4GB RAM, 5 Year NBD Warranty
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    Depending on where these machines are going, I'd even drop the CPU spec to afford the SSD. If they're going into English/Maths etc. where they just want to use Office and the internet, an AMD CPU with the integrated graphics will perform fine, and the SSD will make a much bigger subjective impression on users.

    Make sure you get a decent SSD though. We absolutely insisted on Crucial m4s at the time; if I was buying now I'd be asking for Samsung 840 120Gb (they're the first decent SSD when you go up the price list).

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    Dual core, 4GB+, 64GB or larger SSD, GMA 4500 or better (all teacher PCs have dedicated graphics), 3 year warranty. Mostly Core2 Duo as we buy reconditioned from ICT Direct.

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    We've gone with i5, 4GB, 128GB SSD, only ever onboard graphics (Intel HD 4000 is plenty good enough). But then, we give teachers laptops, not desktops in their rooms.

    Suite machines are similarly specced, although they're quad rather than dual core (although the next batch will be the first with SSDs).

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    i3, 2GB ram, 60GB intel SSD and on-board graphics.

    Runs everything we can throw at it and incredibly cheap.

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    erm.. P4 3Ghz in the Library and 1.8ghz-2.6Ghz Core 2 Duos in the ICT Suites =\

    Though we were lucky to get auth to buy 5x HP Pro 4300 from Misco because they had a cashback offer on. Otherwise we're not exactly at the forefront of technology!

    We are however experts on purchasing refurb and used
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    We run an annual refresh program and I update my base spec each year. I tend to go for a fixed price point and then see what niceties are possible. Our price point, including monitor, tends to be around the £400 mark. I find the bespoke builders like Very_PC, Novatech and Stone tend to come up the best (Very_PC did well on the last two )

    I don't differentiate between teachers and students other than teachers get laptops. I also haven't yet send a need for dedicated graphics.

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    • Intel® Core™ i3 processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 320GB hard drive
    • DVD-RW
    • Microsoft®
    Windows® 7 Professional
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • 19” TFT monitor
    • Vesa mount bracket.


    + 5yr onsite warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    • Intel® Core™ i3 processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 320GB hard drive
    • DVD-RW
    • Microsoft®
    Windows® 7 Professional
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • 19” TFT monitor
    • Vesa mount bracket.
    This^ for teachers ATM. I am looking for a similar spec for the IT suite this year

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