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    For the spec most of you have, ask for a new server and RDP in with laptops...would be better for you!

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    I buy the same as whatever I'm currently buying for other staff or our IT Suites, my needs don't justify any fancy i7 with 16GB RAM, or whatever (although I do have a nice big monitor, which I can justify). I do have a second PC, however, for software installation and testing rather than risk killing my main PC; also allows for useful multi-tasking while installs are running, as I can pop back onto my main PC for the few minutes it takes.

    As an aside, software-wise, I tend to run a version ahead of everyone else. This practice was invaluable ahead of a Windows 7 and Office 2010 roll-out, as it gave me time to properly familiarise myself with the software and thus offer better support once the roll-out had happened. I will do the same with Office 2012 (or whatever the next incarnation is) and Windows 8.

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    Asus i3 laptop with 8gig of ram, is ample for me.

    Runs multiple rdp/vnc/ssh all at the same time without any problems.

    And runs COD MW3 for that too short lunch hour.

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    i7 2600
    16GB ram
    Intel 120gb 510 SSD + 500GB storage drive
    Asus P8P67 Deluxe board
    2 x Samsung 24" Monitors

    Running multiple VMs, i do a lot of video editing and things for the music and drama department too. Could really do with some more ram....

    We're always got the fastest PCs in the school, generally rotate ours off to the IT teachers when they become out of date, we replace ours pretty much every 3 years opposed to the usual 5 years, then get at least another 3 years life out of them as teacher PCs. They may be expensive but for the work we do on them it's money well spent, especially considering the amount of time encoding a DVD takes on this compared to my old Q6600 i had previously.

    To be honest i'd have 4 monitors if i could, i very very rarely ever see my desktop with the amoutn of RDP, internet, VM windows i have open.
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    My current desktop that i built a couple of years ago is
    i7 920
    6GB ram
    2xgfx cards
    3x22" monitors
    HDD isn't important as everything is stored on the NAS

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    i3 but only because it was the same price as the last batch of core2duos we purchased. Its the highest spec machine in school I can understand people buying i5s but unless you're video editing or something I really cant see how an i7 is value for money...

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    My PC was new in the Summer and is a
    HP Compaq 6200 Pro
    3.10Ghz Quad core i5-2400 CPU
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD
    1GB ATI Radeon HD5450 graphics card
    Win 7 Enterprise x64 and two monitors - 1 x 22" and 1 x 17"

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    Some of you are just showing off now. I've got a Q6600 with 4Gb of RAM (and I only upgraded that from 2Gb for a VM I was testing) in a dodgy old RM build, because I can't bring myself to foist it off on anyone else. What do the rest of you lot use all those fancy pants i7s for? If I was regularly encoding video for the school I might consider an upgrade, but anything else, I can just deal with it being slow. There's other things needs the money!

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    My work PC specs are rather modest... it was the same as the PC's in our suites but has now had a RAM and graphics card upgrade.

    RM One...
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+
    6GB DDR2 RAM
    ATI HD6450 1GB
    External 17" LCD monitor
    80GB SATA drive
    Windows 7 Professional 32bit

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    Ta for that peeps. I'm looking at the Dell Vostro 460MT as a possible currently.

    http://www.dell.com/uk/business/p/vo...id=vostro-460&

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    My work PC specs are rather modest...

    External 17" LCD monitor
    Thank goodness for that, you'd get terrible neck ache if you had to stare at an internal monitor all day

    Seriously, though, every technician should have at least two monitors. It does wonders for the way you can work.

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    I've got two of last years model stones - I3's with 4GB ram (but hdd changed) so I've got a 500GB disk.

    It does the job - although i'm going to port it over to the newer model stones - I3's with SSD's 4Gb ram.

    I also have 4 x DGM 22" monitors (dual Dual Screen) using Synergy so 1Keyboard and mouse across the two pc's (one win 7 other Ubuntu)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Thank goodness for that, you'd get terrible neck ache if you had to stare at an internal monitor all day

    Seriously, though, every technician should have at least two monitors. It does wonders for the way you can work.
    Pfft, I meant an external monitor.. alongside the built in 17" monitor on the RM One!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Seriously, though, every technician should have at least two monitors. It does wonders for the way you can work.

    Everybody in our Central Admin Staff office have dual 19" monitors. So does finance, heads pa, all of slt (apart from one DH who has a 27" monitor) It makes working so much easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Seriously, though, every technician should have at least two monitors. It does wonders for the way you can work.
    I considered that, but don't want to give that much desk space away, which is why I have a 22" widescreen instead - big enough to allow me to get things side by side when needed, but without the clutter when not.

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