Server and PC shopping

I am shopping for a small business server hosting an application and 12 workstations/pc
Some feedback on luck with any of the recent Dell, HP, or IBM servers would be helpful.  I am looking for any typical problems with any and also the quality of the service that can be purchased.
I am also looking to purchase about 8-10 new pcs for the network and looking at standardizing the operation as far as the equipment. Things are kind of pieced together in the System, and I am looking to develop a lean machine of a system.
Any feedback as to the good, and bad experiences are welcome!
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
EVERYONE has horror stories.  Your just trying to keep your odds of being one as low as possible.  IBM I think is BEST, but they are also usually notably more expensive.  So, the "biggest bang for the buck" is frequently (in my opinion) Dell.  Now, you just missed the best time to buy.  Dell has it's end of Fiscal Quarters in July, October, January (yr), and April - if you get them about 2-3 weeks before the end of quarter, you can USUALLY get the BEST possible price.  This doesn't mean you'll horribly over pay if you don't get them then, but that's when the best deals are available.

My general recommendations on what to buy:
1.  Server with 4 GB of RAM, 3 year 24x7x365 Warranty with 4 hour ON SITE response.  Remember, the server is running the business and every minute you're down could be a problem.  Get next business day and depending on the time you call, you could go as many as 5 days (based on holidays) before you get service.  4 hour response is just that - 4 hours.  On christmas day or August 1.
2.  Workstations - warranty can be as little as 90 days, though I'd suggest 1 year.  If a workstation goes down, it's usually a hard drive or something easily replaced - and its only a workstation, at worst, 1 user is unable to work (unlike if the server goes down).

I would also recommend the OptiPlex line - they are meant for businesses, the hardware doesn't change as often and they are generally more reliable.  Yes, they can cost a little more up front, but they typically pay for themselves in reliability over time.
I've had good experiences with Dell Poweredge servers and Optiplix workstations. They just came out with a small business line called Vostro. I haven't had any experience with them, but they might be a good option if your budget it tight.
Stephen MandersonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Im in the same situation at the moment to. At most I plan to be running 45-50 workstations after a while.

I will probably be going with Dell for my servers/workstations as they offer quite a large discount if buying in bulk as do other companies. But they always have room to drop a little more in price.

As far as the server goes, my needs will be totally different.

Anyways got to finish up work i'll finish this post when I get home...

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jvalescuAuthor Commented:
Rack or Tower? And why....
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What do you have - and because it's what you have or don't have.
jvalescuAuthor Commented:
We have a tower en route to the garbage....I am working with  a system that has been added onto several times and needs to be ramped-up desperately.
I will be bringing a new managed switch into the server room soon to replace the switch-to-switch that is presently there....
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