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    I'm sure there is some confusion here over the difference between a single OEM pack of software and OPK media. Anyone who is building their own PC can legally use an OEM copy of Windows purchased with the hardware on it without any legal implications and without registering as a system builder.

    OEM system builder software packs are intended for PC and server manufacturers or assemblers ONLY. They are not intended for distribution to end-users unless the end-users are acting as system builders by assembling their own PCs.
    https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/40047531

    Who Is a System Builder?
    A system builder is anyone who assembles, reassembles, or installs software on a new or used computer system.
    https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/40012170

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Give ICT-Direct a ring. I'll bet they have some warrentied kit that will be cheaper than your home brew, and from tier 1 vendors too

    ICT Direct - computer hardware for ict in education - primary, secondary, special needs schools and colleges
    my suggestion too.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about the OEM thing. Although the above advice is very correct, MS have accepted the loophole about it being sold to end users, sometimes with or without non peripheral hardware. I had a long discussion about this with Ebuyer (morons) and Microsoft and it's just left very lax.

    As for building yourself - if you're not planning on leaving any time soon, and you have no quarms with diagnosing faults yourself (which you're probably already doing with warrantied kit) you will be enjoying more benefits - rather than 1/3 year warranty, you'll have lifetime guarantees on your memory, 10 years on most hard drives, 5-15 years on graphics card, lots of variable timescales which are typically a minimum of 5 years for the core components.

    It will however be worth looking into vista business and speaking to suppliers about bulk discount, I'd be fairly certain you'll get it at the same price as home premium.

    As a separate thought though, perhaps it might be an idea, your setup allowing, to put aside a couple of machines, throw in 8gb of ram each and a 64bit OS to really give you some video crunching juice? It's not something I've personally done as yet but thought it might give you an edge and whilst the ram is costing pennies (8gb = 70 to home users inc VAT, as a school you'll be claiming that back anyway) it might be worth consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post

    Our total budget to get 17 pc's and 30 copies of the video editing software is 7500 (and that is stretching it a bit!)

    Has anyone else built their own computers? I know they would only be covered by the component warranties, but we are well staffed and could support them in house.

    Any other suggestions would be welcome!

    Steve
    I've done it before in my days as a technician - built about 17 too. The computers were fine, but it's the niggly things that bug you afterwards. If a componant goes down then you have to spend time and energy diagnosing and gettin in touch with the manafacturer (if you buy 17 identical componants you stand a chance of maybe getting a bad batch - i did on hard drives - really sucked!).
    I thought long and hard about doing this again one summer for a batch of 45 but decided against it with my new managerial hat on.
    The fact that I can buy a batch that have been custom built, tested, and come with a 5yr next day on-site business warranty for the same money or even less than what I could build them for was a no-brainer!

    My advice..... don't do it!

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    how good are the pcs at the mo? are they expandable? If your going to custom build then why not look at using the components you already have?

    I.E I'm betting the case/pcu/mobo will all be good, and you can still use that ram...

    so that way all you need is a graphics card, bit more ram, better cpu but as i said depends on your current spec.

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    Thanks for all the input. The current machines really arent upgradable - they are p4 1.8ghz, and now have 768mb ram after we upgraded them a couple of years ago to make them last this long! They are all small form factor dell's, so can't take standard expansion cards etc.

    I think I will have a look at a few other suppliers to see what they can do. Do ICT-Direct sell any higher spec kit? Most of the stuff on their website seems to be older cheaper stuff.

    Anyone got any comments on Pinacle studio 12? I've had a play with the demo and it looks ok to me, just wondered if there was any alternatives that may be better or cheaper?

    Thanks

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    If your strapped for cash how about ubuntu studio? try and slap it on you existing P4s and rack the memory up to the max they'll take, maybe spend the saved cash on an external capture box's what have you got to lose!

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/PackageList

    uses openmovieeditor
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ljEb1PdEdM"]YouTube - Linux Video Editing with Open Movie Editor[/ame]
    I'd like to hear from anyone who has experience using this not tried it my self yet


    or a mac mini? you could scrape together some monitors movie authoring is something it does pretty well

    Apple Mac Mini 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB/120GB/SD/NVIDIA Geforce 9400M Desktop PC MB463B/A - PC World Business Online Store UK - Buy The Best Deals Online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Give ICT-Direct a ring. I'll bet they have some warrentied kit that will be cheaper than your home brew, and from tier 1 vendors too

    ICT Direct - computer hardware for ict in education - primary, secondary, special needs schools and colleges
    3rd'd Got some very nice HP machines from him and would love about another 200 of them to replace all the other stuff we have in the place

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    If you buy your cases from Kelway they may be happy to stick the COAs to them for you, this would get round it I think.

    hehehe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    The current machines really arent upgradable - they are p4 1.8ghz, and now have 768mb ram after we upgraded them a couple of years ago to make them last this long!
    And what are you planning to do with them once you have new machines?

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    They could give them to me so I can make a cluster server

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    Thinking out the box... I just got a quote for 10 Mac Minis - A few pence under 400 each (obviously this doesn't include monitors).

    You would then need to add a sensible amount of RAM - add anothe 10-20 per machine and possibly better hard disks for 30 per machine.

    Logic Studio Site license is about 1600.

    I'm not a Mac fanboi but they work well in certain situations and are often overlooked.

    Of course, I'm sure that for under 300 per machine you will get a tier 1 box (Core2Duo) with a monitor from ICT Direct.

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    I've heard about good things about SCL Online - Homepage (and there active here), I just got my work machine from them quad core, 4gb ram, 500gb disk for 359 (ex vat) then you could pick up a decent graphics card for the rest of that budget..

    They even fitted the graphics card + soak tested it for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post

    I think I will have a look at a few other suppliers to see what they can do. Do ICT-Direct sell any higher spec kit? Most of the stuff on their website seems to be older cheaper stuff.

    Thanks
    they usually do, worth giving them a ring, there stock doens't always make it onto the website!.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, quite a few different things to look into. The mac option is intersting, but we have no mac expertise in the support team at all, and while it would be great to educate teachers / pupils in something other than windows, we really just dont have the time!

    I will have a look into ubuntuStudio, although initial impressions are it may be a little complicated for some of our youger kids (its a primary school).

    Hadn't thought what i was going to do with the old machines to be honest, we'd probably be open to offers if anyone is interested? It would be base units only, as we are keeping the monitors. They are p4 1.8ghz, most are 768mb ram, cd-roms, and most have agp graphics cards of some description, can get the exact spec tommorow if anyone is interested. There are 16 of them.

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