I am going to start a beta test process at our company for upgrading to Windows 7 from XP. I plan on doing all clean installs; however, I would like to keep costs down.
In an effort to keep costs down, I plan on building all the computers. And, since I will only be building 10-20 or so, it shouldn't take that long.
The environment will be Windows 7 pro with a mix of server 2003 and 2008 (maybe 7 2003, 1 2008 64, one 2008 r2 as PDC)
The primary programs used will be Microsoft Access (currently using Access 97!!!! that's part of the beta upgrade), web browsing (our company utilizes web browsing for custom reporting and handheld scanners...all are coded by myself in .asp for the majority), and general office applications like Outlook, Word, etc.
Basically, nothing graphic intensive, no 3D rendering, just plain Microsoft Business applications.
So, what would be a good motherboard / cpu combo? I'm going to stay 32 bit, but may give a couple power users 64 bit; however, I have read mixed reviews of if it is worth it or not, in our scenerio, probably not.
And, 3 or 4 gig of ram? I might decide that when I get some quotes made up.
One option I could potentially be interested in is dual monitors for everyone, but that is not approved yet...so, options for both would be appreciated.
Gigaport ethernets would be beneficial as all of the database applications ran are on a server.