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    Re: New computers

    We build our own. Last lot were £270 each: 17"TFT, 3.0Ghz AMD Semprons, 1Gb Memory, 80Gb harddrive and 6200 geforce graphics cards. Obviously this includes mice, keyboards cases etc.

    The biggest amount I ever had to build was 70 PCs, was done in 2 weeks.

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    Re: New computers

    THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT I HAVE NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS COMPANY OUTSIDE OF THEM BEING OUR MAIN SUPPLIERS.

    We use NS Optimum, no major problems (just the odd PSU (2 out of 150 this year) and they send replacements out straight away no quibbles) and they come with a full 3 year warrenty.

    Phone sales and ask for Brian Higgens on 01926880300 (option 1)

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    Re: New computers

    I know lot's of members have had problems with the ICT Support Centre and IWB installations (including me) but they really are cheap for Custom built PCs. We have just ordered another 30 pcs from them. Attached is the PDF quote they gave. Notice the warrantee on them!
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    Re: New computers

    We have some similar machines from The IT Support Centre who we got a good deal from, but were P4. About 120 of our PCs are from the IT Support Centre.

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    Re: New computers

    I would go for DELL, the service is good, they are cheap and very reliable. I have just installed 90 GX620's for a client without a single DOA.

    Alternatively I would consider a completely different approach using Thin Clients.

    I think a life expectancy of 4 years is a little optimistic, the hardware will probable be fine but the useful life of a fat client is around 3 years.

    I am surprised more school’s are not looking at thin clients, the technology have advanced in recent years to the point where they are now a viable alternative as general ICT tool.

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    Re: New computers

    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    Notice the warrantee on them!
    A 4 year warranty is fine as long as the company are still around to honour it. I know many schools who got caught when Tiny/Time folded, especially primary’s who needed their support most.

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    Re: New computers

    You could say that about any warranty and any company. It's not as if you couldn't replace a component yourself if they did go under before the warranty runs out.

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    Re: New computers

    We use NS Optimum, no major problems (just the odd PSU (2 out of 150 this year) and they send replacements out straight away no quibbles) and they come with a full 3 year warrenty.

    Phone sales and ask for Brian Higgens on 01926880300 (option 1)
    <can of worms> Do we need to do this one again?</can of worms>

    Ben

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    Re: New computers

    oh? :? have people had problems with them in the past?

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    Re: New computers

    True, but how many primary school teachers do you know who could diagnose a hardware fault on a PC and replace the faulty component.

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    Re: New computers

    Not very many, but many primary schools would also have LEA support, eg. a technician half a day a week or something.

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    Re: New computers

    Which brings us back to my thin client solution. No moving parts to break, plug and play and nice and green.... and you never know, the governement may even give you a grant for doing your bit for the environment.

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    Re: New computers

    Doesn't have to move to break.

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    Re: New computers

    Yes I agree, nothing wrong with thin clients, but migrating from fat (the norm) to thin client usually means a complete change in network infrastructure.

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    Re: New computers

    Has my post been hijacked by the thin v fat client discussion? I only want to know if anyone has brought decent branded or unbranded computers recently. I could build my own but as there's only me as part time technical support I haven't got the time neither would I be paid overtime.



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