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    Any bought any resonably priced computers recently? Where from?

    We are looking to buy 12 replacement computers for our suite suitable for a primary school - nothing spectacular, 1-2 gb ram, xp pro, amd or intel. Branded or non branded.

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    We have just purchased 75 desktops. With these specs:
    3ghz Intel duel core
    1 Gig RAM
    80 GB Hard Drive
    Includes keyboard and mouse no monitor with 1 year warranty
    I think they where £190 each from lanway Lanway Corporate Business Systems - The UK's leading independent provider of IT services

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    You could always give the sponsors SCL Online a try? ;-)

    Very reasonably priced PCs and great service to boot

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    Here's our 'standard' desktop at the moment.

    dabs.com - HP "£50 Cash back" dx2250 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2GB 160GB XP Professional (GR025ET#ABU)

    We seem to be buying more and more HP kit these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Here's our 'standard' desktop at the moment.

    dabs.com - HP "£50 Cash back" dx2250 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2GB 160GB XP Professional (GR025ET#ABU)

    We seem to be buying more and more HP kit these days!
    Geoff, how are you finding the new HP Eco Friendly case design and meddling children? I am put off it as the sample I have its sooo soft and flexible it looks like the kids will just smash that front panel in within minutes of being left alone (Note I don't want to start a behaviour / bad management thread here). The old style solid front was far better. Also less gaps to push gum, coins, wrappers etc through.

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    Another vote for SCL online - and I don't even work for them!
    Mark is such a sweetheart - give him a ring and see what he can do

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Geoff, how are you finding the new HP Eco Friendly case design and meddling children? I am put off it as the sample I have its sooo soft and flexible it looks like the kids will just smash that front panel in within minutes of being left alone (Note I don't want to start a behaviour / bad management thread here). The old style solid front was far better. Also less gaps to push gum, coins, wrappers etc through.
    The suite in technology has survived for a couple of months without any major damage. Also, being HP kit, you can get replacement case sections. So just order, replace and send a bill.

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    Thanks for that info Geoff, so by you saying any major damage I take it you have had some. I think out of 300 of the old style cases I've had 1 blanking bay smashed and thats it, I've caught a few catches on the fronts myself so thats my issue not the kids but was very pleased with them.

    The modular is good but I'm not paying £59 for a case front which is what I was quoted when I asked for a price for one out of interest.

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    We only use Dell for our desktops; we used them prior to BSF and are happy to continue to use them.

    There reliable, good business service (Bad home user service from experience), okay prices, however I feel that although they are a bit higher, they do offer a more student proof solution. Such as incorporated chassis locks and the ability to bolt them down to the desks etc.

    Personally I would only use there desktops in a school/business environment, I would however use there laptops for home use, I fix them myself and found there v v reliable.

    Average spec for us comes in at just over £300, that includes a
    17" TFT
    2GB Ramm
    80 GB HDD
    3.2GHzish Inter Core Quad/VPro CPU
    Keyboard and mouse toooooo....

    This may not be within everyones budget, however, we find compared to previous desktop models which we have tested, we buy once approx every 5-8 years as appose
    to buy twice every couple of years, given that the machines have an average of a 3 year NBD warranty.

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    bought a vostro from dell when they had the free shipping. Came to about £320 for a 2.4 dual core, 2gb ram, DVD±Rw, 3 Year Techinical NBD warranty, 160 Gb Hard drive... etc..

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    Personally only used the Latitude, Inspirons and XPS models personally, thought the Vostros were aimed for the home market mainly, i like the bit extra power......just in case, plus for ghosting.

    Whats you thoughts on the Vostros?

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    Im happy with the vostros, im using one here now at home. No problems what so ever

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    We got some HPs from Misco in the end. They have it here on Ebuyer for £236
    HP Business Desktop PC dc5750 SFF X2 4400+ Athlon 64 2.3Ghz, 1GB PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), 160GB SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD, XP Pro, 3yr Onsite Warranty - Ebuyer


    They seem fairly solid (possibly the power button might be flimsy for some secondary schools – but OK for us). We got these in Jan so it might not be the 'best deal' now. (We actually paid more than that... so it's a good price!)
    Well worth phoning up Ebuyer and Misco and asking what they've got that's good - they have various manufacturer’s offers. They are both very competitive and will beat the other's quote, resulting in significant savings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eean View Post
    We got some HPs from Misco in the end. They have it here on Ebuyer for £236
    HP Business Desktop PC dc5750 SFF X2 4400+ Athlon 64 2.3Ghz, 1GB PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), 160GB SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD, XP Pro, 3yr Onsite Warranty - Ebuyer


    They seem fairly solid (possibly the power button might be flimsy for some secondary schools – but OK for us). We got these in Jan so it might not be the 'best deal' now. (We actually paid more than that... so it's a good price!)
    Well worth phoning up Ebuyer and Misco and asking what they've got that's good - they have various manufacturer’s offers. They are both very competitive and will beat the other's quote, resulting in significant savings!
    another vote for these, nice units, super quiet.

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