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I'm looking to upgrade about 20 computers at our business and I want a good deal.  The software the computers will be running are office 365 and a Remote desktop connection to a server that hosts our accounting software.  That is all, other than a network printer they will print to.  I found this computer on Newegg.com and was wondering if it would be enough specs for the task:  Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 Intel Quad-Core i5 (3.2GHz), 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD, DVD, Windows 10 Pro, WiFi, Keyboard and Mouse

The price is $244

I am a little confused why this machine costs so little.  Is it because it is a quar-core i5 (3.2) and manufactures are well past that?
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That is fine, because the cost of computers have gone down.
Lenovo is made in and by a ...

I5 is an older generation

In your case almost any system will do since the majority of the work uses server resources via Remote Desktop, or through published apps.

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Here is another.  Would I be wise to choose this one instead?  It is only 100 more dollars
Dell Optiplex 9020 Intel Quad-Core i7 (3.4GHz), 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, DVD, Windows 10 Professional, WiFi
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If "new" is not a requirement, you might look into Dell's off-lease business computers.  They are usually well-priced and Dell is a name to trust when it comes to ongoing support.

https://www.dellrefurbished.com/

(I would prefer pretty much anything over Lenovo, but that is a personal opinion.)
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SSD is preferred as it has better pergormance on bootup, disk access.

For the purposes for which you are buying a system, the second like the first are two/three year old systems.
The faster CPU while the storage perfomance will be slower.

Either one will do.
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Assuming there will be little local storage (with pretty much everything held on the server) there is no need for a large internal hdd. As pointed out by Arnold ssd is faster r/w access than the standard hard drive, and the i7 is a faster processor than the i5. However, as the requirement is for a machine that will number crunch efficiently its the processing power that is really needed, so my suggestion would be the i7, (unless there's a machine that has both the i7 processor AND the ssd in the same box).

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