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695 1,546 December 4, 2019 at 09:34 AM
Anyone willing to help me order 3 new small business computers. Our office computers run windows 7 and we need to upgrade to 10. We are looking at upgrading the computers instead of just upgrading to windows 10.

Looking at Dell as that is what we have now. These are the specs I need.

I 5 or I 7 processor or newer
16 GB
1 T Hard drive
Windows 10 Pro

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Dell business outlet
https://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/?cs...redirect=1

Filter by 16gb and up memory. Look at optiplex 3000/5000/7000. I like the micro or small form factor but if you have need for bigger cases then they have regular desktops too. Looks like they have some cyber monday coupons still live.
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Dell business outlet
https://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/?cs...redirect=1 [dell.com]

Filter by 16gb and up memory. Look at optiplex 3000/5000/7000. I like the micro or small form factor but if you have need for bigger cases then they have regular desktops too. Looks like they have some cyber monday coupons still live.
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FYI...You can still upgrade for free to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool. Might be an option depending on how old\serviceable your current PCs are.
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I wouldn't recommend a hard drive on a new computer especially if your buying i5-i7 with 16gb of ram. W10 is really designed for use on an SSD. The time saved is well worth the extra cost to a business.
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SSD is the way to go also avoid the smaller cases if you can. The fans are smaller and you have more

Issues with heat. buy 3 of the same if you can.
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Dell has the 5060 for a good price and they are showing 8 in stock

https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnl...jkBwAkE%3d


ntel Core 8th Generation i5-8500 Processor (6 Core, Up to 4.10GHz, 9MB Cache, 65W)
Windows 10 Pro
500GB 3.5inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
16GB Intel Optane Memory
4GB (1X4GB) 2666MHz DDR4 UDIMM Non-ECC
8X DVD+/-RW
Intel Integrated Graphics
Dell Outlet OptiPlex 5060 Small Form Factor


cost is 523 you would need to buy some more ram but you would still have a pretty inexpensive system. With the Optane memory you might find that you don't need a SSD

to bump us to a 512SSD and 16 GB of ram would probably come out to a little over 100 bucks more each. Best to call/chat with the outlet as sometimes they have a little room if you are buying 3 system.
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I think everyone assumed desktop form factor -- is that what you need? Laptops these days are pretty much on par with desktops in terms of computing power for typical business applications.
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I think everyone assumed desktop form factor -- is that what you need? Laptops these days are pretty much on par with desktops in terms of computing power for typical business applications.
Agreed that computing power won't be an issue but, other than portability, I can't think of a single reason why you'd choose a laptop over a desktop at a business. With a desktop you get a larger screen, real keyboard, real mouse and more comfortable posture, and it's cheaper. Could probably list a bunch more reasons but you get the idea..
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plus heat is more of an issue harder or not possible to upgrade if you use them at your desk it kills the battery, cables at the hinges wear out for road warriors.
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Agreed that computing power won't be an issue but, other than portability, I can't think of a single reason why you'd choose a laptop over a desktop at a business. With a desktop you get a larger screen, real keyboard, real mouse and more comfortable posture, and it's cheaper. Could probably list a bunch more reasons but you get the idea..
Well, yeah, but portability can be more important than any of those other factors. Just depends on the business. For my work I will always pick the laptop with docking station, monitor, KB, mouse etc because I need to take my computer on the occasional trip, to meetings, etc, even though the bulk of my use is at my desk.

I'm not advocating one way or the other... just wanted to clarify that desktops were the intended question.
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Well, yeah, but portability can be more important than any of those other factors. Just depends on the business. For my work I will always pick the laptop with docking station, monitor, KB, mouse etc because I need to take my computer on the occasional trip, to meetings, etc, even though the bulk of my use is at my desk.

I'm not advocating one way or the other... just wanted to clarify that desktops were the intended question.

While travel with the laptop is a factor, I found that the real reason most companies go this route is some perceived cost savings in not having to buy both. Somehow they think that buying everyone a laptop with docking station et. al., is cheaper than buying desktops for people in the office and both for those that need the laptop to travel\do work from home.

Personally, I found that to be a dubious argument at best considering that laptops are not expandable as easily, break down far more often and cost more to repair and buy\lease. Rarely do companies do a meaningful analysis with that factored in in total. And if security concerns about proprietary info are involved, it gets even more dubious. It makes sense if a company has a lot of sales or tech people in the field, but most people in most companies (CS, AP, Finance, etc), do not need a laptop as they do most of their work from their desk during regular hours.
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We are purchasing desktops. Grading & Paving Company. These are for admins.
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Dell has the 5060 for a good price and they are showing 8 in stock

https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnl...jkBwAkE%3d [dell.com]


ntel Core 8th Generation i5-8500 Processor (6 Core, Up to 4.10GHz, 9MB Cache, 65W)
Windows 10 Pro
500GB 3.5inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
16GB Intel Optane Memory
4GB (1X4GB) 2666MHz DDR4 UDIMM Non-ECC
8X DVD+/-RW
Intel Integrated Graphics
Dell Outlet OptiPlex 5060 Small Form Factor


cost is 523 you would need to buy some more ram but you would still have a pretty inexpensive system. With the Optane memory you might find that you don't need a SSD

to bump us to a 512SSD and 16 GB of ram would probably come out to a little over 100 bucks more each. Best to call/chat with the outlet as sometimes they have a little room if you are buying 3 system.
Boss is a little nervous about buying refurbs. I've never bought them either for personal use. Obviously you guys feel it's a good option. I've been on Slickdeals for years and while mostly a lurker, I have benefited greatly from your tech knowledge. Thanks for all your time.
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This is what Dell quoted us for 3 with the specs I requested.
Precision 3431 Small Form Factor
$959.78 (3) = $2,879.34
Description SKU Unit Price Qty Subtotal
Precision 3431 Tower with 200W up to 92% efficient PSU
(80Plus Platinum) no SD card reader
321-BELY - 3 -
Precision 3431 SFF CTO BASE 210-ASGZ - 3 -
Intel Core i7-8700, 6 Core, 12MB Cache, 3.2Ghz, 4.6 Ghz
Turbo w/UHD Graphics 630
338-BOSL - 3 -
Dell Precision Tower Heatsink 412-AAOM - 3 -
C1 3.5 HD 449-BBLZ - 3 -
Integrated Intel SATA Controller 403-BBCE - 3 -
No Additional Network Card Selected (Integrated NIC included) 555-BBJO - 3 -
Not selected in this configuration 817-BBBC - 3 -
Win 10 Pro 64 English, French, Spanish 619-AHKN - 3 -
No Media Card Reader 385-BBBL - 3 -
No PCIe add-in card 492-BBFF - 3 -
Filler for No Optical Drive for MT/SFF 429-AAVM - 3 -
No AutoPilot 340-CKSZ - 3 -
CMS Software not included 632-BBBJ - 3 -
Intel Integrated Graphics 490-BBBS - 3 -
16GB 2X8GB DDR4 2666MHz UDIMM Non-ECC Memory 370-AEFV - 3 -
3.5" 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive 400-ARXJ
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