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I am looking for a business desktop computer that meets these requirements: 1) Intel i7 or xeon processor, 2) 8 GBs of ram, and 3) 1 TB hard drive

It will need to serve two purposes: 1) run professional embroidery software ($5000.00 price range) and 2) be used for an online business.

I am considering some business desktops from Lenovo (thinkcentre or thinkstation), HP (pro or elite series), and Dell (xps or OptiPlex). However, are there other brands out there that I should consider? Furthermore, which brands tend to be more reliable both in terms of hardware and customer support? I have read so many conflicting stories online about all these companies so its hard to tell which company should be trusted and which should be avoided (especially given that many of them don't actually build their own products i.e. they outsource such work to companies like Foxconn). Any advice with regard to this issue would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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asked Sep 03 '12 at 00:59

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(Sep 03 '12 at 10:25) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Many businesses use Dell computers to run their business. I haven't really ever seen HP or Lenovo computers used in businesses. So, I'd go with a Dell computer. But when getting it, make sure you have a warranty.

If you don't, however, want to deal with these companies, you can build your own computer for your business. That way, you will know what is in your computer, and if you need a new part, you can easily fix it yourself.

answered Sep 03 '12 at 12:17

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It's a toss up between Dells and Lenovo's. I have worked at several companies that had either the Optiplex from Dell or the lenovo think centres workstations for the office itself. It will depends if you are planning to purchase a large amount of computers. At the current place that I am working at we're expecting at least 100 lenovo laptops coming in this week. So the pricing will depend on the amount of computers your purchasing at that time.

answered Sep 03 '12 at 14:12

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Why not just build your own, you get exactly what you want, you know how to fix it, and no crapware from HP or Dell, just order parts off Newegg, and personally, I would never buy a dell, and HP's compaqs aren't the best, which leads me to question HP's quality

answered Sep 03 '12 at 14:36

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