Suggestions for the best value for the money on desktops right now?

I work as an office/network manager of a small (13 desktops and a server running Windows Server 2008 on a network) church office and have FINALLY been given approval for purchase of 6 desktop pcs and a couple of laptops. I want the desktops to have 6-8 GB RAM, 300-500 GB HDDs, Windows 7 professional 64-bit OS and preferably no added junk or at least the option to have the added junk removed before delivery. I don't want CHEAP computers, but I do want machines that are good values for the money spent. We have been using Dell Optiplex GX 260s, a couple of Gateway dinosaurs, and a couple of AVA-direct-built pcs over the past 3-12 years and have had few problems with them. As each has crashed, I have done two image restores and/or backup restores, given each a new hd, put in updated network cards and/or video cards, maxed out their memories, and then gave each a couple more image and/or backup restores... in other words, I think I've squeezed enough blood out of these turnips. Working for a small church environment, though, I want to make an informed decision on the purchases and be a good steward of the church's limited resources. I have had great experiences with both Dell and AVA-direct. Do you have any suggestions based on your personal experiences? Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Debbi
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Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
Dell optiplex or even vostro. Great deals on 1st gen i7 processors right now.
Hutch_77Commented:
Have to agree Dell puts out great deals on the desktops and laptops then tack on the 3 year nbd warranty.
nobusCommented:
look at the warranty period, and support options too.
for the rest - Dell is known for "the best bang for the buck"; and right now, i'd say they all are ok.

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Debb1OAuthor Commented:
I have much to learn about computers, but after doing some surfing around, I found that specifically the WD Caviar Black 32 MB cache, 3 Gb/s, 1 TB (and their 64 MB, 6 Gb/s version) to have excellent (and many) reviews. Also, It seems that it things may be headed toward USB 3.0 over eSATA (although, I am going to go ahead and get my desktops with both USB 3.0 and eSATA ports {b/c I already have a cable, SATA drive and drive dock}).

I have ASUS in both of my AVA-direct-built computers and am satisfied.

I now just need to see if AVA-direct or Dell can give me the most bang for the buck.

Thank you all for your answers.
Debbi
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