Luckily all the benching that gets put in for computers is factored into the maintenance/capital costs, so we're essentially getting PC cases/enclosures paid for from someone elses budget
I have PM'd you.
I've just been pricing some stuff up... Dell desktops with 4GB RAM, Core 2 Duo and a dedicated GFX card come to between £600-£700 each (probably cheaper when I get a 'real' price from our reseller). I can build a similar spec PC for £300-£400, but then there's the time involved with building them and having to RMA each part manually rather than having a whole-PC warranty.
I'd like a PC with a dedicated GFX card for IT suites as they want to do some 3D work, can anyone recommend a cost-effective option for a whole PC?
Hope it helps RTFM and thanks for asking!
I certainly can and my apologies I wasn't a little clearer in the first place.
Firstly, I must state that some of these models would only apply to schools and colleges who have a Microsoft EES Licensing Agreement in place. The reason being, some the Lenovo All in Ones come with Windows 7 Home Premium. The Lenovo All in One A130, A700 and B500 all come with Windows 7 Home Premium as the Operating System with the B500 being the highest spec with this OS. Lenovo also have two All in One models that come with Windows 7 Professional and they are the A70z and the M90z with the M90z being the higher spec'd model with this OS. These have all been very popular so far with our educational customers this year. I think this is mainly due to the price and the preferred All in One style that seems to be the case in the educational IT sector at the moment.
Duke (2nd June 2011)
In the process of refurbishing our oldest suite and have just purchased some Stone D200 All-In-Ones, coming in about £475 with i3 processor and 3GB of RAM, and 18.5" screens on them. They sent out an evaluation unit which built first time onto our CC3 network using Stone's DDU and the unit in general seemed very good quality. 5 year on-site warranty as well.
Will certainly be a step up from the 9-year-old RM 2000s that were in the room until the end of last week. 1.7GHz Celerons with 512MB of RAM.
We too are currently looking at some new desktops and I also have also spec'd them with dedicated GFX for use with things like Photoshop, Game Maker, etc. However, don't forget the new breed of i3 and i5 chips have dedicated GPUs on them now which make some of the lower end GFX card look quite poor. We're testing a Stone based i3 machine at the moment.
Pictures for those of you that are interested in how we build our PCs and put them behind false back desks.
The next batch will be on boards about a 3rd of the size as the ITX motherboards we're going to be using are only 6.75" x 6.75" and solid state drives can basically dangle anywhere
Hopefully these give you some idea as to how we do it, been doing it this way for abotu 4 years now and it works out LOADS cheaper. It does take time but building one of these is far quicker than building a PC in a case, we built and imaged 165 of these in the space of 2 weeks a few years ago, and that was using ghostcast, chop off a few days now we're using WDS!
This particular example doesn't have fan hols + grills as it's only 4 PCs in one row, but on rows of 10 etc in tightly packed ICT rooms we have 3 fans per false back with a grill infront.
Also i think the G620T (35w) 4GB ram, 40GB SSD + Corsair PSU comes in at £120-130 per pc. In this picture are E5400s 2GB ram and el-cheapo PSUs
Great idea there mrbios and something i will be looking into for my sites.
Would also be interested in where you are sourcing these sounds too cheap!Also i think the G620T (35w) 4GB ram, 40GB SSD + Corsair PSU comes in at £120-130 per pc
£120-130 for motherboard processor and ram
Still a bargain though
Just replaced a classroom of 19" 4:3 TFTs with 31 BenQ G2220HDBL 22" 16:9 TFTs for £85 each too.
Very nice mrbios, you need some of these though
Ekit Mdhek Multi Desk Hub With 3 Usb Ports, Audio Ports and Card Readers: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
(not sure about getting CE approval though)
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