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    Baseline workstation specification

    Wouldn't it be useful if there was an EduGeek facility which displayed up to date sugested baseline workstation specifications for different educational purposes (e.g. standard ICT suite, DT machine, Music machine) and for different platforms.

    This might help people who are unsure about what level of spec/value to go for.

    Here's my suggested machine spec for general use ICT suite (Windows) PCs:

    - Pentium IV 3.0Ghz
    - 1GB RAM
    - 80GB HDD
    - 128mb discrete graphics
    - 17ins Hard-glass TFT or 17ins CRT
    - Optical corded mouse
    - Black colour scheme (hides the fingerprints better)
    - 10/100/1000 NIC
    - Onsite warranty (if not covered by other SLA)

    Justifed by the need to future proof for Vista, provide a fast platform that can deal with any classroom software, will last for reasonable period of time (e.g. 4/5 years)

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I dream of such a spec

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    I dream of such a spec
    I won`t tell you what I dream about.....and a keyboard can come in handy sometimes!!!

    on a more serious note..... front mounted USB and headphone sockets are a must nowadays. MoBo must be PXE and USB bootable.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Try these...

    - BIOS must be password protectable
    - All drivers to be supplied on CD-ROM or folder on HDD
    - Windows XP / Vista complient (when available)
    - Intel / 3COM LOM or NIC (you don't want the hassle I've had with SiS)
    - Sufficient free memory slots so that existing RAM can be doubled with no wastage
    - Security loop to fix unit to desk/wall etc.
    - Secure case (Dells are a bit too easy to open OOTB)

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    .....and a keyboard can come in handy sometimes!!!
    Something of a no-brainer though?

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I agree. You efinately don't want to get less than 1GB of RAM nowadays

    But why not AMD CPUs? They are cheaper to begin with, perform better when compared to equivalent Intels and also cheaper to upgrade later.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    But why not AMD CPUs? They are cheaper to begin with, perform better when compared to equivalent Intels and also cheaper to upgrade later.
    AMD64's also run a lot cooler. An important consideration when you have a roomful of them.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    Wake on LAN
    For MFL lab, full AC97 sound (duplex)

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I would not get P4s'. They are hot, slow and about to be binned (as a failed product) because the new core range kicks them into touch (PIII architecture too). I would have no qualms about going down the AMD route though as they are cheaper and give more bang for your buck. I would look at the Pentium D or any Intel duel processor chip though if you are tied to an Intel mentality.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    DUAL not 'duel'!!!!

    My baseline spec is:
    * 400MHz VIA/Transmeta processor
    * 128MB RAM
    * 64MB ROM
    * HP
    * 17" glass-front TFT (AG Neovo)

    I'm standardising everything to HP since I don't have any problems with it... the low spec is due to the nature of thin client terminals

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    well once worked it out add it to the wiki

    Russ

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    @thom: don't you effing 'efinately' me! how dare you!

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    I've been buying NEC machines lately 2.9ghz processor, 512mb ram, 40-80gb h/drive, optical mice, hard glass neovo 17" tft's all black so look nice.

    Ben

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    You might want to spec up some 3d acclerated graphics card (mid range nvidia or ati is fine) if you want to be vista proof.

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    Re: Baseline workstation specification

    You might want to spec up some 3d acclerated graphics card (mid range nvidia or ati is fine) if you want to be vista proof.
    Most of my machines are already 'vista proof' - they'll never run vista !
    b.t.w Isn't vista going to need DirectX10 hardware support ?? is this available?

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