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Desktop for office use - good choice from Dell?

by jon_mendel / May 26, 2015 3:24 AM PDT

I'm buying a desktop for family to use for general office tasks - Word, web browsing, light spreadsheet use... I want one with a version of Windows that includes bitlocker. They don't need anything high-powered, but want something that'll last. I'm based in the UK.

Dell will do their Optiplex 3020 with 8GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, i5-4590, Win7 pro (a Win8 license) and a 5 year on-site warranty for £560. I know this is overkill in terms of spec, but found it hard to find affordable options with pro versions of Windows - and figure this should be adequate for 5 years of use.

Does this seem sensible? Are there other good options I should consider?

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Clarification Request
Since Microsoft has their Add Features upgrade system.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2015 3:44 AM PDT
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by jon_mendel / May 26, 2015 4:49 AM PDT

That's interesting about adding features, thanks! Does that work for 7, too, or just with 8?

I meant the spec should be OK for 5 years. That machine would come with a 5yr warranty - so if it does break, someone else fixes/replaces it Happy

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Sorry I didn't research this for 7
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2015 11:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

I read it has an 8 license. Let me comment that by adding Classic Shell to Windows 8 I get the latest Windows and a Start menu we all knew and loved. I've found 8 to be quite stable and more. While once in a while it feels like someone moved the cheese I think I won't be going back to prior versions. For me, stability is King.

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If that's all you want
by James Denison / May 26, 2015 5:19 AM PDT

Do like me and go with Linux instead. Mint, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Zorin, SolydK, Suse, Fedora, all very popular and some like Mint and Ubuntu and Zorin are very easy for former windows users.

Spatry about Mint Linux 16 (That's retired and now it's version 17, even better)

Infinitely Galactic about Mint 17

TOS Today about Zorin 9

Various about Unbuntu 14


Example of decent powered computer with no included OS, waiting for "free" Linux.

AMD FX4200 3.3Ghz Quad Core Processor

8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz Dual Channel Ram

SATA Hard Drive

High Definition Audio

ATI Radeon 3000

100M Fast
Network Ethernet

24X DVDRW Burner Drive

All in one Card Reader

6 x USB 2.0 Port

Others with older windows, can be converted to, or have Linux added to it.

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Re: Linux
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 27, 2015 12:03 AM PDT
In reply to: If that's all you want

Do those come with MS Word and bitlocker? Those were on the list of "all he wanted".


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helping Kees
by James Denison / May 27, 2015 2:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Linux

Mounting and reading bitlocker in Linux

of course most would use native Linux encryption or a cross platform encryption like truecrypt.

Most using Linux would prefer Libre Office though instead of Word, and native linux encryption like ecrypt or truecrypt instead of bitlocker. It's like the difference in calling somethign a cupcake or a muffin, not much difference in use.
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Windows needed
by jon_mendel / May 27, 2015 8:16 PM PDT
In reply to: helping Kees

Thanks, but it does need to be a Windows machine (to work smoothly with some other Windows systems). I like Linux, but it's not a good option here unfortunately.

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I do keep an XP system
by James Denison / May 28, 2015 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows needed

But considering my Linux boots up with under 500 MB of RAM used, leaving the rest for sharing to a virtual system (VMware, VirtualBox) to use, I'm considering moving my XP system to virtual eventually, just been a bit lazy about doing it yet. I've been lucky in that all my devices have been Linux compatible, more by chance than design (other than my wifi device).

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