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Wireless Networks Thread, How much do you spend on average..... in Technical; How much do you spend on average per computer. Lets say the situation is 31 PCs in a classroom, they've ...
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    How much do you spend on average.....

    How much do you spend on average per computer.

    Lets say the situation is 31 PCs in a classroom, they've gone by their 5 year usage and you're looking to replace them as parts are dieing and your starting to get very mismatch hardware.

    Standard use computers, say the room is bookable by staff, all your science, English, maths, languages etc software on, most intensive app being something like adobe flash CS5 or something and running windows 7. Your also after them lasting another 4-5 years. Budget wise your going with the conservative way of life, cut budgets and what not so cost is an issue......how much do you spend per pc? (per PC = complete base unit + monitor)

    (don't worry i'm not going to suddenly make a million polls a week, this one is purely to fuel my own curiosity rather than anything needed for work, i may explain why i want to know this later)

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    I used to work on £500 a unit for replacements where the only license was the OEM windows one the rest reused.

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    Depends what colour socks I have on that day. The market is changing so much thats a pretty hard question to answer. In the last 5 years we've spent anywhere between £300 and £800 per pc.

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    We got 250 core i3 4gb seperatly 4 yr warranty from stone for under 300 quid last year ( no monitor or windows license as we have purchased these seperatly)

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    Too much ??

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    Well so far im pretty...shocked by results, was going to say surprised but that would have been an understatement. Keep them coming though, this is interesting.

    I know what you mean though, it's not the easiest question to answer considering the way the market is, but treat it as if the market were static, and how much you would spend this very minute given the usage requirements in my OP

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    Are you shocked that they are high or low?

    When purchasing in blocks of 30 I would always have a hardware warranty for the expected life of the system (so, 4 or 5 years), I'd not buy cheap processors and would always go for a good amount of RAM so that each 'year' the spec of the machines were better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    Are you shocked that they are high or low?

    When purchasing in blocks of 30 I would always have a hardware warranty for the expected life of the system (so, 4 or 5 years), I'd not buy cheap processors and would always go for a good amount of RAM so that each 'year' the spec of the machines were better and better.
    Honestly i didn't expect anyone to select 400+

    I'll explain my thinking later on down the line and let people argue their points against mine once more have contributed to the poll.

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    £350 per machine, but that's including bulk discount, them building it and delivering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Honestly i didn't expect anyone to select 400+

    I'll explain my thinking later on down the line and let people argue their points against mine once more have contributed to the poll.
    I would only spend that much for specialist machines like our radiostation broadcast PC as the software eats ram etc but not on a bog standard machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I would only spend that much for specialist machines like our radiostation broadcast PC as the software eats ram etc but not on a bog standard machine
    But if anyone was selecting 400+ with that sort of thing in mind then they didn't read the OP, i'm assuming the selections were all made with the focus being that they would be standard machines, no special requirements, just to run your bog standard school software.

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    My selection was 400+ and perhaps I hadn't read the first post properly, but that isn't really how I usually go about computer replacements.

    Generally with our rolling replacement programme we will look to buy a bulk allocation of high quality kit, nearly always replace the equipment in IT suites or other speciailist areas, then look to redeploy those stations elsewhere until eventually the oldest equipment is left without a home.
    In our specialist areas we would look around the 500 mark with the highest spec we can possibly get in line with budget restrictions etc.

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    I picked 400+ given NZ pricing but for a four to 5 year cycle without punishing the last batches of students that use them I would be looking at i5 with 4GB of RAM minimum and 22" moniters along with a 3 year warrenty. I'm also after vPro enabled motherboards to ease managment and repair costs in the long term. The last batch we brought, 12 units from hp met the above spec for just over the 400 mark in pounds but in the UK you would almost certainly get them under that amount.

    Its fine buying lower end stuff if you are looking at hefting it after two years but getting stuff that just copes now does not end well in the long run. The i3 pcs that I have used are frankly weak, simple stuff like screen capturing with Media encoder slows them right down and that is with todays software. Five years of additional code and features on top of that and you will end up with a scrapyard as the students disassemble the pcs due to their excrusiating bordom with waiting for them to do anything.

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    Ah it seems one person has selected 200-249, come forth and show yourself, what are you purchasing currently?

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    Around £450 with licences.

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