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Kaleun1961
01-30-2008, 02:12 PM
I have just gone through the laborious task here at work of upgrading about 70 Dell desktops from 1GB of RAM to 2GB. What I hate about Dell's desktops is the cheap fit and finish of the cases, as well, of course, their use of proprietary parts and modules. An example of this is their power supply units; since their's is a non-standard size, you can't just swap it out for an inexpensive standard sized PSU, you have to go to Dell, which means paying more.

With one particular desktop, I could not get the case to close properly: the case top is on a curving set of rails, so it swings up to open and then swings down to close. The problem is that due to sloppy tolerances, I could not get one side to latch closed. After putting some force on it to compel it to latch, it seems I may have damaged the CPU fan, which sits perilously close to the top lid. The fan is now running at high speed and will not slow down to normal speed; it now sounds like the turbocharger on a high-end sports car! Most likely the only remedy will be to order a new CPU fan from Dell, and since it isn't a standard CPU fan, guess it'll cost more, too.

Kaleun1961
01-30-2008, 02:12 PM
I have just gone through the laborious task here at work of upgrading about 70 Dell desktops from 1GB of RAM to 2GB. What I hate about Dell's desktops is the cheap fit and finish of the cases, as well, of course, their use of proprietary parts and modules. An example of this is their power supply units; since their's is a non-standard size, you can't just swap it out for an inexpensive standard sized PSU, you have to go to Dell, which means paying more.

With one particular desktop, I could not get the case to close properly: the case top is on a curving set of rails, so it swings up to open and then swings down to close. The problem is that due to sloppy tolerances, I could not get one side to latch closed. After putting some force on it to compel it to latch, it seems I may have damaged the CPU fan, which sits perilously close to the top lid. The fan is now running at high speed and will not slow down to normal speed; it now sounds like the turbocharger on a high-end sports car! Most likely the only remedy will be to order a new CPU fan from Dell, and since it isn't a standard CPU fan, guess it'll cost more, too.

WilhelmSchulz.
01-30-2008, 04:24 PM
I have never had problems with Dell. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

bunkerratt
01-30-2008, 04:43 PM
lmfao..dude you got a dell ...

longam
01-30-2008, 08:00 PM
I never by the cheaper units anymore and find the quality of the "get what you pay for" units comparable to what I would build but at a cost savings.

The_Silent_O
01-31-2008, 05:57 AM
Welcome to the world of "Mass Government Contracting" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

In the original buy, most likely Dell was the only company that could respond to purchase request in time and with quantity. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

We have HPs at my office.

I have a Dell laptop at home and it has been sufficient for my needs, never needing any warranty work (that I paid additional money for http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif)

K_Freddie
01-31-2008, 06:08 AM
Even down here, you mention 'Dell' and people cringe in horror. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Kaleun1961
01-31-2008, 07:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by The_Silent_O:
Welcome to the world of "Mass Government Contracting" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

In the original buy, most likely Dell was the only company that could respond to purchase request in time and with quantity. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

We have HPs at my office.

I have a Dell laptop at home and it has been sufficient for my needs, never needing any warranty work (that I paid additional money for http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

So true. My company buys PC's in bulk. We are a disaster recovery, business continuity solutions provider. Our task is to enable companies and organizations to plan for business interruptions, to test those plans and to assist them with designing those plans. Much of this type of work is now legislated by government in the wake of 9/11, which saw many companies wiped out because they lost their physical infrastructure. We are a complete solutions provider: if your company loses it head office to a flood, hurricane, fire, etc., we can provide you with a mobile office trailer that can seat up to 48 users, complete with power generation, satellite internet and telephones, printers, servers, workstations, chairs, desks, etc.

It is not just environmental events that can interrupt business, disasters like electrical outages, computer viruses, heating and air conditioning can be interrupted. We can have a company up and running again within 48 hours of a declaration. Or it can be something very small, such as a server or a backup tape machine malfunctioning. We ship custom configured servers, PC's and other electronics on very short notice, shipped on dedicated carriers.

Having the need for large quantities of the same PC, Dell is an ideal supplier, since, as Silent Otto said, they can provide large numbers of machines on short notice. Dell are somewhat unique in that they have their own suppliers for components. This way they can save by buying in large quantities and their assembly lines are setup for quick assembly. However, in their zeal for making large numbers of identical product, their quality does seem to lack. As well, their usage of parts unique to them means you can pay much more than market value should one of those components fail. They make their computers for businesses, which require large numbers of the same machine and with little, if any, need for future upgradability. They just bang them together and lease them out for two to three years to businesses. They're alright for that sort of purpose, but Dell isn't really the thing for gamers, who like customized systems and room for future upgrading and tinkering.