We quite like Stone kit - usually very competitive price-wise (certainly last year more so than *anyone* else). Not quite so much this year, to the point where we're saving £80 a unit by building ourselves. That saving means we can replace 70 computers instead of 45. Despite the time involved in initial builds and then diagnosis after should something go wrong, we get better warranties typically, and save a hell of a lot of money. Plus now 120GB SSD's are SO stupidly priced (avg £70 a pop) we can spec with those ourselves rather than the OEM prices which often don't take into account such drops.
Currently planning, now I know that Ivy Bridge i3's aren't out till after the summer break:
i3 2120 (about a fiver more than the 2100, may as well)
4/8Gb RAM (dirt cheap, going 64 bit anyway)
128Gb Crucial m4 SSD (reliable and oh-so-fast)
Not much point in i5's tbh, SSD would make a greater impact on subjective performance than the i3 > i5 jump. The few things that would saturate all 4 cores will just make use of the hyper-threading.
Will get quotes from Novatech, Stone and $otherLuckySupplier when I get round to it. When you buy HP you end up paying the HP tax to get the brand name, and there's not much point... Novatech and Stone's builds are excellent quality and much better value for money.
We're going with Viglen Omnino 4's here, Core i3 2120, 4GB RAM, 120GB SSD (currently discussing brand - they offer OCZ, asking about Intel), 19" hard glass screens and pillar desk locks for them, and a 5 year onsite warranty.
They'll also do a bulk pack delivery (so we don't have 10 tonne of packaging to remove), pre-image them for us, and take away our legacy gear.
I have PM'd.
we went for these , dual core is enough for what we use them for
Fujitsu Esprimo E400 Small Form Factor PC / Intel Core i3-2120 / 2GB / 500GB / Windows 7 Pro + FREE 3 Year Warranty - www.misco.co.uk
obviously the 3 year warrenty is worth it for us , onsite so any MB problems they come out and fix . Weve had Fujitu's before and they lasted 4 years and are now all dieing due to capacitor issues ! ( which these are replacing )
Extra stick of ram @ £8 and jobs a gooden
Last edited by 2097; 22nd May 2012 at 10:21 AM.
I dont get the stone obsession
My questions for this would be:
Would you consider a TC (Thin Client) solution?
Are you open to open source?
(a comparable suite running Linux would be half this budget!)
Edit: Oh, I see pricing now. This about right? http://www.viglen.co.uk/devportal/st...ID=17628077835
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