Hardware Thread, Recommend me a workstation in Technical; In just over 3 weeks time I shall be occupying EduGeeks offices on a full time basis. The only thing ...
8th July 2009, 11:26 AM #1
Recommend me a workstation
In just over 3 weeks time I shall be occupying EduGeeks offices on a full time basis. The only thing is I'm missing is a workstation. What I need is a bit of a beast as I shall be running several VMs at once and will also require a large display. The machine must have an i7 processor and a minimum of 4GB RAM and Vista x64 (moving to W7 ASAP). I've set aside a budget of £1100. SO what would you buy given the chance?
*It can be from any manufacturer, or of someone wants to be brave and spec individual components feel free.
Oh, and I hate garish cases, so nothing that looks like a 'blinged' Peugeot 106 please.
Last edited by Dos_Box; 8th July 2009 at 11:28 AM.
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8th July 2009, 11:30 AM #2
Are you sure one of our lovely sponsors can't help you out there?
I mean how much business have you made available for these peeps!!
8th July 2009, 11:35 AM #3
Here if you need us fella
will put a bespoke system quote together for you chap,
8th July 2009, 11:46 AM #4
A dell precision perhaps? They are fairly beasty, we have a load of them in media suites. Not sure bout the i7, but theres definitely one with a Xeon. Check it out on the site?
8th July 2009, 11:49 AM #5
Insight UK - Lenovo ThinkStation D10 6427 - Tower - 1 x Quad-... - SBCH8UK
I think this one, Now if I can just justify it I can get one too !
You will of course need a graphics card but one of those is cheap and does not need to be powerful
Just noticed your budget I think you could add another CPU into that lenovo for the difference.
8GB 2x 2.5 quad core xeons ! 15k sas 2x 1 gb NIC etc FTW
Last edited by soapyfish; 8th July 2009 at 11:53 AM.
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8th July 2009, 11:55 AM #6
Lenovo ThinkStation D10 6427 - Tower - 1 x Quad-Core Xeon E5420 / 2.5 GHz - RAM 8 GB - HDD 1 x 146 GB - DVD-Writer - no graphics - Gigabit Ethernet - Vista Business (64-bit)/XP - pre-installed: Windows Vista - Monitor : none - TopSeller
Originally Posted by soapyfish
No graphics or monitor!!!
8th July 2009, 11:55 AM #7
8th July 2009, 11:57 AM #8
Too expensive, no OS or monitor either.
8th July 2009, 11:57 AM #9
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
I am assuming that you are paying EX vat being a school ?
£877 for the machine
budget of £1100
= £233 spare for TFT + graphics = No Problem
8th July 2009, 11:57 AM #10
EduGeek is not a school!!
8th July 2009, 11:59 AM #11
:-( oh ok I should have read the whole post ...still its a battlestation alright
8th July 2009, 12:11 PM #12
Oh right - you move out of schools and now all of a sudden you need an all singing and dancing I7!!!!
In all seriousness, I7s have a big price premium. Yes they perform, but is it worth the cost?
If your gonna be running VMs - I would suggest a HP ML115 G5 server from Servers Plus add some extra RAM and you have a seriously good 4 x 2.1Ghz Core 8GB Ram server to run VmWare ESXI on for about £200. Then spend £400 on a Quad Core SCL workstation and hey presto - all you need for £600.
8th July 2009, 12:28 PM #13
Maybe a sponsor should donate one
8th July 2009, 12:30 PM #14
Just to let you all know CPL are currently speccing up a bespoke system for us, with a customised EduGeek case!!
8th July 2009, 12:34 PM #15
My home PC's coming up on 2.5 years old so will need replacing in the not too distant future... I wonder whether they'll make your bespoke system available to other members
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