A client of mine has just asked me to upgrade all of their office PCs; their current equipment is 5+ years old. The users are noise-sensitive and non-tech-savvy. As their consultant, my primary concerns are:
1) Stability and reliability (They are an hour away, I want a very good MTBF for their equipment)
2) Ease, quality, and speed of service, either by myself or the manufacturer
3) Quietness (doesn't need to be totally silent, but definitely needs to be quieter than my Shuttle SN45! The quieter the better, but not at the expense of other considerations.)
4) Performance (Needs to be good for MS Office and web, but graphics/games/video editing are not concerns.)
Size is NOT a consideration - they have plenty of under-desk room for minitowers at least, maybe full towers.
So obviously I'm not looking for a DIY solution, even though that's what I do for myself. I want something that's quiet and solid off-the-shelf, and preferably well-supported by the manufacturer.
I've looked around this site, but the reviews of full systems are mostly from circa 2002, so...
So far I've considered:
* Dell Optiplex ~$1200 (3year onsite warranty is great, but they don't publish specs on noise)
* Endpcnoise.com hushed AMD 939 ~$1000 (sounds good, price affordable, but I don't know anything about the company and the warranty is short)
* eRacks/SILENCE ~$1600 (I used eRacks celeron boxes for the linux database cluster for this client, but the SILENCE is getting a bit expensive for their office workstations, and again their warranty is not as good as Dell).
If anyone can offer thoughts or clarifications, or observations on the comparable noise level of Dells, or observations on the reliability and service from places like Endpcnoise.com and eRacks, I would much appreciate it.
Many thanks, and thanks also for maintaining this useful site and forum!
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