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15th December 2008, 10:43 PM #1
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Whole room for £4500 - possible?
My school is currently working it's way out of a massive deficit and spending in ICT has been practically non existent.
We have two full time ICT suites. One runs P4s and XP and jsut about meets our needs. The other is over 10 years old and is running Celeron 300s with 64Mb Ram and Win 98. The room is getting to be impossible to teach in, certainly any multimedia is out of the question.
Through some donations and other funding we have got together £4500 for ICT equipment and I'm trying to see if I can stretch it to replace the Win98 room. Currently I can just about make it by building the boxes myself.
Has anyone got any other ideas for some cheap boxes? Spec needs to be:
17" Wide TFT
No optical drive
circa 80Gb HD
Cheers for your help
Forgot to mention I'm looking for 22 machines.
Last edited by a_d_atkinson; 15th December 2008 at 10:46 PM.
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15th December 2008, 11:04 PM #2
Try ICT Direct for some 2nd Hand kit - you'll have money left over
15th December 2008, 11:27 PM #3
Yes the dc7100 (£119) or dc7600 (£145) would certainly do you for basic net/office/multimedia. They have monitors for £40, keyboard & mouse no more than £5.
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
Total = 22*(145+40+5) = £4,180 + VAT/DEL
Remember you will need a network cable for each machine as well if you do not have any spare.
16th December 2008, 12:04 AM #4
Yep it can be done, I'd go with the HP machines. Speak nicely to Insight and get yourself some 17" Viewsonic TFTs (VA1703b I think) at £90, network patch leads at £0.35 and a Netgear switch or two, and you should be well on the way.
16th December 2008, 12:05 AM #5
Buy a couple of cheap quad-core Dell servers. £800 each (you'll need ones with two PCI card slots). You'll need another £200 or so each for Windows Server and device CALs.
Originally Posted by a_d_atkinson
Four NComputing cards (£300 X 4)
That leaves you £60 each for screen, keyboard, mouse sets. We got second-hand screens with built-in USB hubs for £30 each (you'll be lucky to find widescreen ones for that, though). £10 for a cheap keyboard and mouse set leaves you £20 or so per machine for stuff like USB cables and hubs if needed.
16th December 2008, 12:08 AM #6
You could go for the 22" widescreens - only a few pounds more.
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
16th December 2008, 12:15 AM #7
Oh I was assuming 30 machines. You should have cash to spare then
16th December 2008, 08:07 AM #8
I feel for you. We currently have ~25 spare P4 machines (1.7ghz, 256MB, 20GB) that we probably will be disposing of/donating/bulk selling cheaply. The last machine we had to be less than this spec was disposed of over 2 years ago!
I work out your budget to be around £205 each, which for a monitor too isn't too much. With regards to "widescreen", I don't think you can afford to be picky on such a stretched budget, so as others have mentioned, getting some from ict-direct for £40 would be the best bet (£65 for 17" - maybe cheaper for bulk purchase)?
That still gives you £135 per machine. You'll be pushed getting a new machine for that. Personally in your position i'd get all 2nd user equipment (ict-direct again for example), which will bring your spec up to an acceptable one and tie you over for the short term.
16th December 2008, 08:21 AM #9
I know exactly how you feel mate! 2006 budget - £50k, 2007 was £6.5k, 2008 worked out about £2.5k
All the hard work I've put in over the last 7 years is basically being undone due to finances.
16th December 2008, 08:36 AM #10
If you can sort it out quick, you could get your TFT's ready
MISCO SAVER 17 WIDE TFT - Misco.co.uk
16th December 2008, 08:43 AM #11
why not convert the machines to thin clients and spend the cash on TC servers
16th December 2008, 08:47 AM #12
Another alternative could be buy a powerful Terminal Server for around £3000, install thinstation on your existing machines. The buy a Decent PC, with Whiteboard, Projector and Speakers for the teacher. That way you could get pretty fast clients for next to nothing, and If you need to display multimedia stuff the teacher can do it on their screen.
We have a classroom with a similar setup to this which has 22 thin clients running of a Dell server and most of the staff & kids think its their favorite classroom as its one of the fastest.
Also once you have one terminal server you could probably setup another 10-20 thin clients all over the school with little impact on performance.
Just an idea
16th December 2008, 08:52 AM #13
You can get the server cheaper than that. Don't forget about licenses
Originally Posted by Bezwick
16th December 2008, 08:57 AM #14
I'd have to agree with Bezwick... thin clients are the way to go in this situation. You will drag yourself up to an acceptable standard and spend very little. Of course I'm a fan of sustainable computing and I'm quite passionate about the use of thin clients.
If you have a chat with Andy Trevor at the Cutter Project (see Cutter - a better way to deliver computing ) he will help you out. I think you have just missed out on the latest 'matching grant' offer from Sun but if you can wait a little you will be able to get a 'buy one get one free' on the server to give yourself some redundancy and I would recommend trying to go down the SGD route.
16th December 2008, 08:57 AM #15
remember that some chipsets dont like putting out widescreen resolutions (eg. 1440x900)
Also to stick to 5:4 for the teachers PC if you are connecting to an IWB
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