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Jeff Zylstra:
Some of my desktops are in need of replacement, so I'm looking for guidance as to what to buy.  Here are my questions.


1.  Which brand? Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, Asus?  Where to buy?

2.  I have decided on a 240-256 Gb SSD hard drive, simply because my experience with them has been good, and the prices
     seem reasonable for the performance you get.

3.  I think I'm going with Intel,  but I-5 or I-7?  There doesn't seem to be much difference in cost or performance anymore for
     general business use.  And, I don't see any reason to add more cores.  Or am I wrong?  Also, what speed?

4.  Is there any reason to go over 8 Gigs or ram?  And is DDR 4 memory on the 7th generation chips that much faster than
    Generation 6 ram - the DDR 3 stuff?   Wondering if there's any real difference between Generation 6 and 7, if I find a good
    deal on Gen 6 hardware?

5.  Video - Is there any significant gain in performance in going with a dedicated Graphics processor for business applications,
    or is the on board Intel Graphics OK?  I notice the graphics on Intel I-7 based boards are different than I-5 boards.  Worth it,
    or not?

6.  Windows Pro or Ulitimate?  I have 2 users who will be using Bit Locker for the first time, because they deal with securities
     and need their files encrypted at rest.  Both use something else right now, and one has had an issue that required them to
    decrypt and re-encrypt the hard drive.  Not fun, so I think I'm going to go "native" with the encryption next time.


Many questions here, so pontificate away, as all is appreciated!  And feel free to refer to the questions by number if you respond, so you don't have to type a tome to respond.  THANK YOU!

Bob:
I just replaced my box after 7 years.  Dell Optiplex 7050 500GB SSD, 16GB Memory with i7 onboard integrated graphics using two DP ports.  I absolutely love the setup.  So fast, quiet.  I went with 16 as last box had 8 and all my IT apps, work apps and reports would put a load on it causing apps to stutter and pause.    For our staff I generally get them 8GB.  Graphics can't see getting a card for office apps.  No need unless gaming.  I think the onboard works well and think DP is the standard now.  I also bought 2 - 27" screens that I love a well.  I also like this latest version of W10.  Much better than my version at home..

Like my box so much I like coming to work.   ;D

Ric:
Jeff,

After a bunch of searching and quoting we are now buying these:
Lenovo Intel Core i5-7500T Processor - they have SSHD's in them

So far we have 3 of them and they are great.

Full specs and add on are below.  Price was about $830 "including taxes, tags, dealer prep and other options"  :)

Thinkcentre M710q
Part No: 10MRCTO1WW
Configuration Details
●  Intel Core i5-7500T Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz )
●  Windows 10 Pro 64
●  Windows 10 Pro 64 English
●  Tiny B250
●  8GB DDR4 2400 SODIMM
●  Integrated Intel HD Graphics
●  DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
●  DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
●  256GB SolidState Drive M.2 PCIe Opal
●  Integrated Gigabit Ethernet Port
●  Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165, 802.11ac, 1x1 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
●  USB Traditional Keyboard Black English
●  USB Calliope Mouse Black
●  Internal Speaker for Tiny
●  Vertical Stand for Tiny
●  Publication English
●  1 Year On-site

Added Item:
3Year Onsite NBD upgrade from 1Y Onsite NBD
2 HDMI to VGA Adapters

HTH

Ric

Jeff Zylstra:

--- Quote from: Bob on May 21, 2018, 12:25:56 pm ---I just replaced my box after 7 years.  Dell Optiplex 7050 500GB SSD, 16GB Memory with i7 onboard integrated graphics using two DP ports.  I absolutely love the setup.  So fast, quiet.  I went with 16 as last box had 8 and all my IT apps, work apps and reports would put a load on it causing apps to stutter and pause.    For our staff I generally get them 8GB.  Graphics can't see getting a card for office apps.  No need unless gaming.  I think the onboard works well and think DP is the standard now.  I also bought 2 - 27" screens that I love a well.  I also like this latest version of W10.  Much better than my version at home..

Like my box so much I like coming to work.   ;D

--- End quote ---

Sounds sweat!  Did you get the full size tower, or the "tiny" option?  I've been somewhat resistant to the "tiny" option because I don't know what options you have for add-on cards.  Also, is heat ever an issue?  That's my other concern.

Jeff Zylstra:
Rick, I've looked at that exact box!  Same questions to you, about the heat concern?

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