What Are the Pros and Cons of Windows-Based Workstations Versus Desktops?
Posted on 2010-08-24
In the past, I have used desktops that were pretty packed for power users. My current PC is a quad core using an Intel i7 CPU (firstname.lastname@example.org GHz), with 8 GB of RAM and running Windows 7 Home Premium-64-Bit. There are 2 internal drives, totaling 2 TB and 3 external drives totaling 3 TB.
For reasons not germane to this question, I am looking into purchasing EITHER a new different desktop OR a workstation. The workstation had been suggested to me primarily because of expandability and generally having a 3 year in-house service warranty.
After briefly looking on line at the various workstation options for Dell and Lenovo, my impression is that except for the in-house warranty, you get a LOT LESS BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. The cost is usually at least 50% higher than a desktop. And, this is for a workstation having a slower processor, less RAM, and less hard drive storage. Bottom line, what am I missing?
One more thing-assuming that at the end of this discussion, workstations do seem to be a good alternative, what have your experiences been with price negotiation with your sales reps?
When buying desktops, it's pretty much you pay what you see, although what you see changes based on coupons, discounts, etc. However, with the business workstation, I "heard" that there was more room to negotiate, in order for them to get you as a client. True or false?
Thanks for your help.