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    Will you delay purchasing new systems because of hard drive prices?

    A serious question this. With many now commenting on the ever increasing cost of even basic systems are any of you out there going to delay the purchase of new computers/laptops/servers and storage until the price comes back down? I know this isn't going to be until late summer/early autumn as well but unless it is an urgent purchase (such as a replacement for a broken machine/drive) will you be holding back?
    It'll certainly slow down the annual summer roll out/upgrades at any rate!

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    Doesn't seem to be stopping us, just had 120 machines turn up this week!

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    I think what will affect more people now is the fact that SSD prices have dropped a fair bit in the mean time due to the demand being up on them.

    I saw an intel 500GB SSD drive for £250, fine its still expensive, but its dropping as this time last year it was nearly triple that!

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    Ive got a junior school to refit, so no waiting for us once I've got a school to put them in (hopefully April!)

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    I have the remains of a budget to spend and with us becoming an academy in April it is definitely use it or loose it. I am delaying buying spare HDD's until the price drops, I get them only if I have to. We have resorted to scavenging them out of some old machines we hadn't got as far as scrapping, they may be small and slow but they work (just).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I think what will affect more people now is the fact that SSD prices have dropped a fair bit in the mean time due to the demand being up on them.

    I saw an intel 500GB SSD drive for £250, fine its still expensive, but its dropping as this time last year it was nearly triple that!
    Hi Can you remember where this was? I'm looking for a ssd HDD. Thanks

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    I've just been looking at Scan and there are now no 1 or 2 TB drives listed. For SSD's you are looking at about £1 per GB and 25p per GB for smaller disk based drives (250-320GB units). Until production starts back up again I can see even the lower end disks raising in price. Once schools/departments get their budgets and are in a position to spend it may well be that many will simply wait until the autumn to buy in new computers.
    Does anyone have a comparison on what they paid last year and what they are looking at paying this year for a similar system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Does anyone have a comparison on what they paid last year and what they are looking at paying this year for a similar system?
    Yes. exactly the same :-p

    PS, where's the Polls "yes, and I don't have an issue' option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Yes. exactly the same :-p

    PS, where's the Polls "yes, and I don't have an issue' option?
    It wasn't included because rich companies based in the City of London* shouldn't be counted

    *Note for our non-UK based members. The City of London should not be confused with 'London' as a whole. The City of London is the bit of 'London' that thinks the Queen and JK Rowling are paupers.

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    I've been working with our supplier and where HD costs have pushed up prices the supplier has reduced the cost of other components so the final cost to us is pretty much as it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    I've been working with our supplier and where HD costs have pushed up prices the supplier has reduced the cost of other components so the final cost to us is pretty much as it was.
    AH-HA! see! it's not just me!

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    Can't say I see an issue either. Sure if you are buying them as components then the price has increased but as part of systems from Dell, HP and the like there doesn't seem to be much change, in fact prices for similar systems are down. For example

    Dell Vostro 3550 - i3-2330M / 2GB RAM / 250GB HDD etc. etc.

    April 2011 £449.00
    Jan 2012 £389.00

    Also CCL have 1/2/3 TB drives available.

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    All of our new "PC's" are now done with Wyse terminals and Xen Desktop, so HDD prices aren't really affecting us now.. Which is nice.

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    Like SysmanMK says, if anything I'm getting more bang for my buck atm.

    Admittedly, that may be just them dredging the last stock in the channel. We'll see what happens when I spec the replacement storage.

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    Our 'new' systems are refurbs, so the prices haven't knocked on - bought a large number recently and the prices have actually dropped. Looking to get some new laptops though - wanted to see if they'd supply them without the HDD as I want SSDs for them but alas they can't. The knock-on effect on retail prices for complete machines doesn't seem to have come through too badly really.

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