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    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.
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    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!!

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    Here if you need us fella

    will put a bespoke system quote together for you chap,

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    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?

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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by soapyfish View Post
    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
    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

    No graphics or monitor!!!

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    Too expensive, no OS or monitor either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    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

    No graphics or monitor!!!

    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

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    EduGeek is not a school!!

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    :-( oh ok I should have read the whole post ...still its a battlestation alright

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    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.

    My 2p

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    Maybe a sponsor should donate one

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    Just to let you all know CPL are currently speccing up a bespoke system for us, with a customised EduGeek case!!

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    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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