I used Novatech here for our summer rebuild, spent a lot with them as well. We went for some custom build i5 all in ones with 4GB RAM and SSDs - they preimaged them for us and all have a 5 year warranty, they send us the parts NWD so very little downtime.
Their tech guys are very good too. I used them to spec, buy and setup our hyperv setup, and I still get brilliant support (like today when our server went down!) even when it has nothing to do with them.
What dell machines are people using ?
Also 5 years is along time, how many people are running computers for 5 years effectively. Is a three or 4 year rolling replacement not the norm please?
We've got 5 year old Stone PCs (BTX case towers) running flawlessly on Windows 7 with no issues apart from the odd HDD now and again.
They're Core2Duo E6600s and chances are I'll run them into the ground then replace at leisure :)
Wouldn't touch Dell with a large barge pole, Lenovo for me as the other alternative.
What models are you using. Their monitors are great but expensive.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
I don't buy machines with less than 5 year warranty, they're normally good for that amount of time. Any less is too expensive on the rolling replacement, and in these halcyon days of good-enough-computing, a 5 year machine is still perfectly workable. Stick an SSD in and a Core2Duo with 2GB RAM is all most people actually need.
Originally Posted by pmdc199
Just to get in and support stone here, although we aren't exclusive to them.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
Stone unistand, everything fits together on pretty much any monitor you want, cable management is good
We have a 5 year next day on site warranty on all our stone desktops, coming with 3 years as standard this is a very small price difference
After a 3rd visit on the same piece of hardware it is replaced (so on the 4th)
Impressed with exact parts, its rare for this not to happen but a pain when it doesn't!
I would agree for evolution and improvement over time? Or at least a price drop if you are buying old hardware
All Intel boards, I havent looked at these sccm features, but we can do a lot with the BIOS on a 1-1 basis.
All the Stone desktops look the same too, only difference may be different versions of their unistand, but thats evolving and getting better.
Why wouldn't you have matching kit?
Dual display is ncie! We buy super small form factor as small as you can get machines, which obviously dont have this, and would be wasted on 99% of machines anyway.
Y power cable ;)
Full driver disk, never had any issues imaging with MDT and latest drivers are always available from stone, admittedly not as easily as the Dell website.
Just one question on this, why would you apply a fix to 100 machiens without testing it first?
Originally Posted by j17sparky
I agree money wise but would you keep them in a main ICT suite for 5 years or roll them to other parts of the school after 3 years for example.
Originally Posted by sonofsanta
I didn't, but since the problem was intermittent I had to apply it to a half class set to test it. It seemed to help so I then had to apply it to the further 85 PCs. The problem was never fully solved.
Originally Posted by british_government
My point was there was no offer from Stone to come and help me apply the BIOS updates. If I'm having to put up with such basic problems I may as well go with Bobs corner shop computers.