I have 12 Dell Optliplex systems that are getting a little long in the tooth. They are a mix of GX170L and 270. They are all on Secretaries desks, using a combination of MS Office, Internet and other law firm related programs. I have a corporate account with Dell, but still think I can save money in the hardware department by building my own systems.
On board video would be fine, they wouldn't need more than 160G drives. I have open licensing for XP and Office 03. Reccomendations needed for cases, system boards (I have had good luck with Intel), I was going to use a Core2 Quad processor and around 4G memory. I have open licensing for XP and Office.
Thing is, we don't know what we are going to be looking at as far as system requirements in two years. I think it's safe to say that we probably won't be using Office 03 by then. Our accounting system provider has informed us that the next version of their software will require more horsepower. That is the reason I chose the C2Quad over the C2D. We typically replace systems every 4 to 5 years; I would rather buy too much than too little.
I agree, it's going to be tough to beat Dell, that's probably why, since 1998 I have purchased 112 desk, and laptop systems and 7 servers. I still have to try to get the best deal I can, and since I have open license on XP, I thought I would try.
Thanks for taking the time to respond.