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    This Years New PC

    It is that time again where we have to buy new PCs. This time the lucky Dept are English, Maths & Tech we want to get the same if Possible but we will probably get a better video card for the Tech lot.

    We have little space (like most people) & they need a bit of a kick but at a fair cost (again like most)
    Last year we got DELL Optiplex GX520 which are ok but DELL Support is a pain.

    As for spec we are looking at getting the next level up.
    We have seen these:
    http://www.sclonline.co.uk/category3...tium+Dual+Core

    What do you think? Do you know any1 that has try these?
    Or can you recommend any, what are you planning on getting this year?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    What problems have you had with Dell, at my old school we had the next business day support and appart from some time in the que we never had a unit down for more that 24 hrs.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    We have had a few of the PSU go and when we call Dell to say “the PSU has blown there is no power getting to the PC” and they keep asking about what lights are on & can we try different cable/PSU it can get a bit annoying, but that aside the DVD RW are not very reliable & there is the "feature" (as Dell call it) of the PC going into a coma if it gets too near to a mobile phone.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...54430071088233

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    Re: This Years New PC

    We've switched away from Dell because a lot of the older ones have had capacitors on the mobo dying...

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    Re: This Years New PC

    Hi eastlondon

    Why not take a demo unit to try one for youself? We are getting a lot of interest in these and have a few units out with customers at the moment so they can test them. PM me for details or email me directly

    Thanks mate

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    Re: This Years New PC

    We got a batch of Optiplex machines 2 years ago and all the CMOS batteries have died! All credit to dell for getting replacement batteries out but it was a drawn out process and if we bought batteries ourselves it would void the warranty apparently.

    I like the dells but haven't got any other 2 so can't really commenton reliability other than they are working great at the moment!

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    Re: This Years New PC

    I think I have got it down to one these 5 has any one got any experience in these PC or can they recommend any?
    Thanks

    HP dc7700 Ultra Slim PC
    Asus Pundit - Core 2 Duo E4300
    Shuttle SD32G2
    All in 1 SCL AIO
    Dell OptiPlex 745 USFF

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    Re: This Years New PC

    Quote Originally Posted by kearton
    We've switched away from Dell because a lot of the older ones have had capacitors on the mobo dying...
    The SX270 and GX270 capacitor issue is a well documented problem. I have had a SX270 mobo replaced under warranty within 24hrs, and the same with one GX270 which was out of warranty.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    Asus Pundit P3-AE5, Sok AM2, DDR2 533/667, SATA, PCI-E (x16), Silver/Black

    Scan code LN17292

    We have ordered 80 of those above with HD, 2Gb Ram, and Processor, came to around £205 exc vat.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    I would have to say try and avoid the all-in-ones
    Not saying anything is wrong with those ones in particular but we had some from another company that look like they use a nearly identical chassis and they have been a nightmare

    - Extremely loud as there is not much room for cooling (although ours did have P4's so these new ones are most likely much cooler)

    - The problem of the screen dying means you have to swap the entire PC out, whereas with a conventional PC its easy to swap screens

    - Quite hard to get cables in and out, and looks quite messy if you use a VGA splitter for a projector

    The ones we have do have quite poor build quality but to be fair those ones do look a newer model so you should be OK

    Again this is nothing against SCL, its just my problems with the design in general

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    Re: This Years New PC

    We were on HP dx2200 but are now getting HP dx2300.

    Originally been all Fujitsu-Siemens but were highly vandalisable, the HPs are pretty robust.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    I feel that that new range of HPs are not as robust as the old range, the new all black fluted fronts look naff comapired to the black / silver older range IMHO that is. Also the 2000 series is not that brill, if your budget will stretch a bit try getting something in the 5000 range as I was once told that HP have no care or thought with the 2000 range and just make them as cheap and nasty as possible.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    I shall bare that in mind when i need some more.

    Man it's raining so much outside.

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    Re: This Years New PC

    We got Maxdata well stable Favorit 1000/3000

    and good spec for the motherboards aswell


    www.maxdata.co.uk

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    Re: This Years New PC

    Quote Originally Posted by eastlondon
    HP dc7700 Ultra Slim PC
    Asus Pundit - Core 2 Duo E4300
    Shuttle SD32G2
    All in 1 SCL AIO
    Dell OptiPlex 745 USFF
    would be interested to see what prices you got on those e.l.

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