Originally Posted by mcmuffin
ok. were just looking for something that is good at multi tasking. 5-6 programs open at once. and still be quick. price is not an issue, we just need someting with a good warranty and something that lasts long
Dell Precision if you want to go high end on something with a good warranty. Us 3 IT people got T5500s ($8000 a tower) and pretty much maxed everything we could. Incredible machines, more stout than most people's servers.
For most other people in our office we usually spend about $1500 on a decent Lattitude laptop, and then set them up with a dock and 20" widescreen external. This gives people the flexibility to work from home or out of town.
Your best option is to get an agent if your work plans on buying multiple ones at a time. The agent can work a better pricing solution if you upgrade a bunch at a time. As far as pre-made machines, nothing compares to Dell's service. When we have a machine that is broken, we get on Dell chat, and there is a service tech here the next morning fixing/replacing the machine. No other big box name can come close to that.
(We have about 150 Dell machines and 12 servers currently running here as an idea to the scope of our size)
EDIT: Don't even look into HP machines, they are getting out of the PC business altogether and moving those resources to software development. Even though they are the heavyweight in PC atm, I would expect their already crappy warranty service to deteriorate further when they stop making $8b a year from PC sales.