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We will be replacing or existing PCs in our ICT suite and was wondering if anyone has any ...
26th March 2009, 10:29 AM #1
New PC's for ICT Suite
We will be replacing or existing PCs in our ICT suite and was wondering if anyone has any ideas which ones to recommend. I am staying away from Dell as i find their after sales support extremely poor.
I am looking for something robust with limited cable exposure. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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26th March 2009, 10:32 AM #2
Stone Computers - Call Jamie on 01785 285648
Tell him MarkB from Cornwall sent you! (We might both gets discounts!!)
5yr next day on site business warrenty as standard, ultra reliable and fantastic support (search on here for Stone Computers - there are various other threads on them)
26th March 2009, 10:36 AM #3
The HP DC7900 range are very robust and come with a 3 yr warrany as standard shown below,
Originally Posted by laputa01
Product Description HP Compaq dc7900 - FU038ET#ABU
Processor 1 x Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E5200 2.50GHz, 800MHz
Cache 2MB - L2 Cache
Hard Drive 80GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm/td>
RAM 1GB (installed)
Graphics Controller Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500
Optical Storage Slim SATA 8X DVD-ROM Drive
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Business - XP Pro Media
Dimensions (WxDxH) 25.1 x 25.4 x 6.6 cm
Weight 3.1 kg
Manufacturer Warranty 3 year on-site warranty
We have these available and on offer for £440+vat Free Delivery.
26th March 2009, 10:38 AM #4
- Rep Power
we have some of these in our media block, they have been reliable.
Originally Posted by CPLTD
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26th March 2009, 10:49 AM #5
Hi laputa01 - I will send you a quotation over shortly if I may, however can you advise if and if so which O/S is required. Also are monitors required - 17", 19", hard glass, 4:3 or widescreen? Please feel free to check comments on service and product on the site - you will not be disappointed. You will find that the sponsors here are almost obliged to bend over backwards to keep you happy!
Originally Posted by laputa01
26th March 2009, 10:49 AM #6
well, the last set of PCs I bought were about a third of the price of those HPs
What sort of thing do you need them to do? is it basic 11-16 ICT, in which case the above is total overkill and basically any industry standard entry level system for £200 or less will do, or do you need much more oomph for video editing, media work etc, in which case they'd be great?
For bog standard stuff here I'm looking at these: Cheap Library W/Ss with Atom CPUs ,but they may be a little short of firepower to do a general purpose ICT suite.
Last edited by BatchFile; 26th March 2009 at 10:52 AM.
26th March 2009, 10:53 AM #7
We've got some DC7800s, very happy with them. However all the parts at propriatory, and they will be a pain to maintain once out of warranty. They mount to the back of a special monitor.
We also have some Viglen Omnimo 3s. More expensive, but they use standard parts.
Stone are an excellent company, will still use them for stardard form factor computers.
EDIT: FIrst pic is the Viglens, second is the HP.
26th March 2009, 11:04 AM #8
We have 100 stone machines here got them last summer, had a few problems but they always come next day and was only £200 each with 3 years warranty cant grumble at that
*Edit* They sent us a machine for us to install our software on and cloned them all in that price aswell
Last edited by Chris_in_notts; 26th March 2009 at 11:10 AM.
26th March 2009, 11:05 AM #9
I know you have said no to Dell, but is it the business support or home support you have had issues with?
Anyhow just to give you something to compare with, Dell are currently offering the following spec Vostro 220MT for £440.00 online
- Intel® Core™2 Duo E7400 processor 2.80GHz
- Vista® Business with XP Professional installed
- 20in WIDESCREEN Monitor (1680 x 1050)
- 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
- 320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
- 256MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 3450 graphics card
- 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
- 3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
- Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio HD
Should see you good for 5+ years easy.
26th March 2009, 11:13 AM #10
Please click on the following link for base units ranging from £179.00 including 3 year warranty:
SCL Online - Systems > Desktops and Towers
You have a choice of chassis type all with industry standard parts, so upgradability route is there should you wish to pursue that at a later date (installing new parts will not void the warranty on the PC, providing you don't actually break anything!). I may well be able to discount some pricing if you let me know a particular unit in which you are interested, or we can customise one to suit.
Thanks to Nedders from:
garethedmondson (26th March 2009)
26th March 2009, 11:47 AM #11
<pricks up ears when he sees these: SCL Online - Scorpion I - Sempron LE-1250 1GB DDR2 80GB DVD-Rom with that warranty they look a good possibility
What are the dimensions of the small desktop and the smallest tower? (physical space is an issue in our library)
Are XP drivers easily available or does it have to be Vista?
If you like you can PM me a quote for 10 and 20 of them (may be doing the maths rooms too) with the cheapest OS at the moment (we've got a M$ School agreement so anything we can "upgrade" from will do)
Thanks to BatchFile from:
Nedders (26th March 2009)
26th March 2009, 11:51 AM #12
we have just updates our IT Suite with Stone Computers, very happy they deliver on time and have had no problems with PCs yet, good spec and good price
26th March 2009, 12:06 PM #13
Base units ranging from £179.00 including 3 year warranty
Cheers Tony dimensions and info:
Originally Posted by TonyRidal
The desktop can also be used as a tower - dimensions 97(H) x 427(D, including front panel) x 340(W) mm. Sit snugly behind monitors aswell.
The standard minitower chassis is 363(D) x 180(W) x 370(H) mm
XP drivers - no problem at all.
If price is a real issue we can supply Atom PCs in the same format - PM quote over shortly for the AMD...
Thanks for the inquiry!!
Thanks to Nedders from:
BatchFile (26th March 2009)
26th March 2009, 01:44 PM #14
VISTA HOME BASIC ????
Originally Posted by Gibbo
26th March 2009, 01:52 PM #15
Vista Home Basic is fine as a base licence to upgrade from if you have a schools agreement
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