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By kashmeir63 ·
Hi,
I have a windows network. I'm in the process of purchasing a dell computer. It has to be dell for reasons. Anyway, they are telling me that there line of dimension is not built for a network(even though it comes w/a network card). They said it can cause damage to the network. And to buy their line of optiplex computers which is geared for a network. Is there any truth to this?Thanks in advance

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by JamesRL In reply to Dell computers

You are getting a line of B*llsh*t.

The difference between Dimensions and Optiplex computers are the design of the case(Optiplex is designed to be more rugged and expandable, and the quality of some of the parts(Optiplex has better power supply, better network cards etc). If you are supporting a large number of computers Optiplex might cause fewer service interruptions due to better parts. With better motherboards and parts, an Optiplex might provide better performance than a Dimension, but unless your users are running very demanding applications like CAD,video editing etc., they won't really see a big difference.

There is no way that anything they sell would "damage" the network.

Dimension computers may not be as rugged as Optiplex, and in a high stress environment they may not last as long. But if you are willing to gamble, you could take some of the money you save and invest it into spares.

One of the reasons large corporations prefer business class computers is that the specs for them don't change as often - so if you create HD images for computer deployment, chances are you won't have to change them as often.

James

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Dell computers

They're on crack!
Sure, maybe if the Dimensions come with a Token Ring card, that might not be good to use on an Ethernet LAN. But that's not gonna happen!
Now, my company does buy Dell OptiPlex (OptiPlex GX270 models), not Dimensions, so I can't tell you if the Dimension is good or not.
But maybe whomever is telling you this is trying to take you for a ride and get some better commissions!
Or like I said, they are on some serious drugs (and they need to share!!!!)
hope this helps

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by TheChas In reply to Dell computers

I took a look at the differences between Dell Dimension and Opti-plex systems.

Damage your network, NO.

Potentially cause problems and extra work, YES!

Dimension PCs are targeted at the home market. In addition to XP Home being the default OS, they are bundled with software that you do NOT want or need.
The extra time needed to clear off the undesirable software will make up for any cost savings of a Dimension.

If you use Windows 2000 as your OS, you have the option to get the Opti-Plex systems with Windows 2000 in place of XP.

Chas

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